Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Democrats strike first as polls close in most U.S. states

Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro Ohio Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro
Patty Aguilar | 08 November, 2018, 21:46

Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away. If Bredesen wins, he'll be Tennessee's first Democrat Senator since Al Gore in the early 1990s.

Jennifer Wexton, a Democratic state lawmaker, was ahead of two-term Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock by 57% to 43% in their suburban northern Virginia district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, NBC reported.

But memories of Trump's shock 2016 election win are still fresh and strategists from both parties distrust the polls so no one can say for sure what will happen on what promises to be a long, tense night.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Representative Dave Brat was trailing Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

If the Republicans should lose control of either house, it could result in a very serious obstacle to Donald Trump's remaining years in office.

In southern Oregon, Democrat Jeff Golden, a river guide and public television production manager, edged Republican Jessica Gomez to take Republican Sen. While the Republican president is not on the ballot, the campaign has been indeed largely about him, with Democrats missing no opportunity to tear into the administration's immigration policies, branding the president racist and even comparing him to Osama bin Laden.

Americans have started voting in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump's presidency, with control of Congress at stake.

But mid-morning he tweeted to knock down what he said were rumors that Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley left the arena in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where Trump held a rally to support him. Voters agree. Two-thirds of those casting ballots said their vote was about Trump, according to preliminary exit polls posted by CNN. His supporters were also very motivated to head to the polls to ensure Trump can continue to make the changes they want for America. "The President has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country", Sanders said.

Polls in most states close between 6pm and 8pm (local time) with official results expected in the hours after that.

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

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62 percent to 34 percent, up from 2014 when 54 percent backed Democrats and 36 percent supported Republicans.

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The Republican Senate candidate was also leading in Arizona while Democrats picked up a Republican Senate seat in Nevada.

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But with his party losing its majority in the House, the results represented a bitter setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

Today, voters are turning out to elect Republican candidates not just for themselves, but for the future of their country, the future of their families, the future of their businesses and the future of their pocketbooks. The Republicans have a majority in the House with 235 congresspeople to 193 Democrats.

The White House has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

She forecasts Democratic victories across the country, but with a small overall margin of victory.

"We're going to win, based on data", Pelosi of California said at the Democratic campaign headquarters in Washington. Cruz is expected to keep his seat in the Senate, but a win for O'Rourke would send a real signal to Republicans that their "safe" seats aren't as safe as they think. In both Senate and House races, Democrats have focused heavily on health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions. About three-quarters of the registered voters named health care as in important issue to their vote, according to recent Pew research. Ted Cruz fended off Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the well-financed liberal darling, and Tennessee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn prevailed.

Democrats Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won their Senate re-election bids, both states Trump won in 2016. "I think it's about the character of the country", he said in Wilmington, Delaware, where he voted. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company.

"I have worked at this poll the last three elections and this is the biggest turnout ever", said Bev Heidgerken, 67, a volunteer at a polling place in Davenport, Iowa.

The president's strategy of emphasizing divisive issues such as immigration appeared to backfire on Republican candidates in suburban swing districts that determined control of the House.

Now we're getting to the some of the nation's marquee races: the initial returns from the Texas US Senate race, plus four competitive US House races in New Jersey and another eight in Pennsylvania.

The campaign will be the most expensive midterm in history, projected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics to exceed $5 billion.

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