Dems on track to win control of House

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

But when it came to candidates for state Senate, Democratic primary voters threw their weight behind progressive candidates, including 27-year-old democratic socialist Julia Salazar - who actively campaigned on issues like sex workers' rights and racial injustice - and Alessandra Biaggi, another millennial and first-time candidate.

Trump's team immediately sought to give him credit for retaining their narrow Senate majority, even as their foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.

Trump spent Tuesday at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team. This year, Democrats only needed to win 23 seats to take power.

The newly empowered House Democrats will have the ability to investigate Trump's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation.

As Election Day unfolded, Democrats were increasingly confident on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib are also expected to make history in Minnesota and MI respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Republican Josh Hawley defeating Democratic Sen.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier minimised likely Democratic gains. Senator Ted Cruz also retained control of his Texas seat after a nail-biter race in which Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke whipped up a unexpected level of enthusiasm.

Republicans paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

At the same time, Democrats re-elected embattled New Jersey Sen. And Trump, who campaigned heavily in rural states, can point to those Senate wins as evidence he can still drive his voters to the polls.

Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends.

It's a tale of two chambers. If he is successful, he would become the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Texas in three decades. Donald Trump will continue to have a Republican majority ready and willing to confirm his executive and judicial appointments.

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Attention will now quickly shift to the question of who will lead the party.

In the House of Representatives, however, the story is different.

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Mr Trump remains popular. In Virginia, Illinois and Florida, moderate Republicans lost.

Americans voted enthusiastically, with long lines quickly forming at polling stations from NY to California and from Missouri to Georgia.

A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump's policy agenda.

The partisan trenches in America are getting deeper.

Over the past two years, the president has shown little inclination to change his slash-and-burn style or turn conciliatory.

What's happening in governors' races?

With the final days of the 2018 campaign interrupted by a spate of politically motivated attempted bombings and a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, about 2 in 10 Democratic and Republican voters think their own party's way of talking about politics is leading to an increase in violence.

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams could become the first female African-American governor in the U.S. if she can beat Republican opponent Brian Kemp after a bitter campaign.

AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate conducted in all 50 states by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News.

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