Democrats to Retake the US House of Representatives, Margin Unclear

Former President Obama greets people at a rally for Illinois Democrats on Sunday in Chicago

Former President Obama greets people at a rally for Illinois Democrats on Sunday in Chicago. Ashlee Rezin Chicago Sun Times via AP

WASHINGTON - Democrats will win enough seats in the House of Representatives to now be able to control the congressional chamber, providing a check on US President Donald Trump and robbing him of one-party rule across Washington, according to early polling results.

Democrats are expected to hold leadership elections after December 5, potentially allowing other House Democrats to whip support to challenge Pelosi.

At the Player's Retreat, Adamson, Evans and Ford had gathered with fans and other candidates, cheering when other Democrats pulled ahead in a race. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida. Still, she was within striking distance in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016.

District 2: Incumbent Matt Calabria, a Democrat, received 63.58 percent of the votes against Republican challenger Frann Sarpolus, who had 36.42 percent.

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through two dozen suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats without offering any evidence of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country".

If Democrats capture the House, they could block Trump's policy agenda and launch congressional investigations into Trump's administration, including his tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and the nature of his 2016 campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Preliminary exit poll data found that Trump was a factor for nearly two-thirds of House voters.

Sanders said the president held 50 rallies - 30 in the last two months - in support of GOP candidates.

The early exit polls are most useful in figuring out which campaign messages resonated with voters.

The mixed results unfolded as an anxious nation watched to see whether voters would reward or reject the GOP in the first nationwide election of Trump's turbulent presidency.

AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, highlighted the effect Trump was having on voters.

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While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign's final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants hoping to seek asylum at the USA border. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting. Ballot counting could drag in tight races, leaving some races undecided long after Election Day.

Democrats were always facing an uphill battle in the Senate this year because they were defending 26 seats, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.

The race for control of the General Assembly is shaping up, and it seems Democrats are poised to break the Republican super majority in the House.

The Democratic victory also means the potential return of Nancy Pelosi to the speakership, a post she held until the party lost a majority in 2010.

"I don't know what the final result tonight will be, but the fact that we've had even a narrow path to winning the Senate is a testament to the hard work you've put in over the past two years", said Sen. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail. Victories in contested House races across Florida, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota gave them cause for optimism.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said.

Trump's approval rating was negative among the nation's voters, and more said the United States was on the wrong track than heading in the right direction.

"I believe he values immigration, but he wants to make sure we're safe", said Tina Newby of Wetland, Michigan, a GOP voter.

There have been some Republicans who have said that the president should have been focused more on the economic successes under his presidency than about other, more inflammatory topics, such as immigration, but his daughter-in-law disagrees.

"Trump is improving the economy - that's the most important thing for me", Rivera said.

Election workers assist would-be voters at First Ward Creative Arts Academy on November 6, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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