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Big turnout as America votes in test of Trump presidency

Voters line up to cast their ballot just before the polls open in the mid-term election The Fight for the Senate, 2018: The Results As They Come In
Ellis Copeland | 08 November, 2018, 22:34

Wexton was among the record number of women running this year.

Democrats have won at least 17 Republican-held districts, a significant down payment on the net gain of 23 seats they need to win the House. It would also nearly certainly bring an onslaught of investigations of his businesses and his administration.

In suburban areas where key House races will be decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

"It could happen", President Trump acknowledged this past Friday evening about losing the lower chamber, echoing the same sentiments many strategists and lawmakers have been forecasting for the past year. At times he even appeared at odds with his own campaign, which in the election's final days released a gauzy ad aimed at suburban women.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president. Taylor Swift recently broke her decade of political silence to stand up for LGBT rights and equality and endorse a vote for Democrat Phil Bredesen, slamming Republican candidate and staunch Trump supporter Marsha Blackburn in the process. And Pelosi would look to regain the speakership.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press. Voters agree. Two-thirds of those casting ballots said their vote was about Trump, according to preliminary exit polls posted by CNN. Despite the conventional wisdom that the President should have campaigned on strong jobs and wage growth, Trump has successfully pounded away at Democrats' support of sanctuary cities and the Central American caravans moving toward the U.S border as a wedge issue to speak to the concerns of suburban women in seven tight U.S. Senate races. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade.

This was seen as the most likely outcome before Americans went to the ballot box.

As a result, most congressional analysts believe that the one thing that the Democrats in the House will be able to do without help from either the Senate or the President is "oversight".

Republicans still had advantages in some areas, giving them hope of retaining a slim majority. Several dozen races where candidates from the two sides are barely separated will decide the day.

As voters head to the polls Tuesday, nothing was certain. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers. Now she faces a challenge from gun control activist Lucy McBath, whose son was shot and killed in 2012 after a dispute over loud music.

Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US elections
As for content, some of the accounts were focused on celebrities, while others favored political debate. The company removed 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts.


Republican Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Beats Andrew Gillum
Despite all the hype surrounding Gillum, he failed to gain as many votes as his senatorial counterpart, incumbent Democrat Sen. County-level results showed Mucarsel-Powell won enough ballots in Miami-Dade to overcome Curbelo's advantage in the Keys.


Man City go top after 6-1 rout of Southampton
The Argentine was in spectacular form in the final third and celebrated the landmark from close range early on. Morata has scored 21 times in 63 appearances for Chelsea since arriving from the Bernabeu.


The GOP's hold on the majority was complicated by an unusually large number of retirements as well as persistent infighting between conservatives and centrists, with much of the conflict centered on the question of allegiance to Trump. And there are some key races to watch in those states, including in Georgia, where the governor's race was among the nation's most-watched midterm contests and generating heavy turnout.

As the returns came in, the House was on track to break the record of 84 female members of one party or the other. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready.

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped.

The airtight House contests are scattered across the country: Among them, Democrat Abigail Spanberger is challenging Republican Rep. Dave Brat in Virginia's 7th Congressional District; Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson are rematching in Ohio's 12th Congressional District; and Democrat Harley Rouda is challenging longtime Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California's 48th Congressional District.

In southern Oregon, Democrat Jeff Golden, a river guide and public television production manager, edged Republican Jessica Gomez to take Republican Sen.

About a half-hour later, he gave GOP Rep. Peter King a shout-out. Thirty-three incumbent Republicans plan to retire from the House after their current term.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, U.S. rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting.

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