Key US midterm races to watch - and when to watch them

Supporters of US President Donald Trump cheer during a

Supporters of US President Donald Trump cheer during a"Make America Great Again campaign rally at Mc Kenzie Arena in Chattanooga Tennessee

During the campaign, President Trump made every effort to convince voters to retain the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

This midterm election has generated a lot more heat and a lot more voter interest than previous midterms because in many ways it's a referendum on President Trump. With control of the House, Democrats will chair powerful committees and have subpoena power to seek Trump's tax returns and more aggressively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion by the president's campaign.

Republicans built on their slim Senate majority and ousted four incumbent Democrats: Bill Nelson in Florida, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Among the new lawmakers headed to the House is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country. But if Republicans do better than expected, Trump will be able to claim vindication for his campaign strategy and his unconventional approach to the presidency. Still, she was within striking distance in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016.

And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act. Republican Brian Kemp, also secretary of state in Georgia, is running the election as well as running against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Women not only ran for office at an unprecedented rate, several knocked off white male incumbents during their party primaries.

The first polls have been closing across the USA in one of the most closely watched midterm congressional elections in living memory, which are likely to be seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's administration.

Tuesday's midterm elections in the United States are likely - however they go - to mark a seismic moment in U.S. politics. A record number of women were running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

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Two-thirds of Americans said their vote is about Donald Trump, according to CNN exit polls, and more than half of all voters said they believe the country is on the wrong track.

Addressing his supporters, he said, "The key is you have to go out to vote because in a sense I am on the ticket. The President has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country", Sanders said.

Around 37 percent of eligible voters took part in the 2014 mid-term elections, down from 42 percent in 2010. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.

US President Donald Trump arrives for a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally at McKenzie Arena, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 4, 2018. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

She forecasts Democratic victories across the country, but with a small overall margin of victory. Republicans are expected to keep their majority in the Senate and forecast to gain one seat in the upper chamber. With three races unresolved early Wednesday, Republicans stood a chance of expanding their majority with wins possible in Florida, Arizona and Montana. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

Ballot counting could drag in tight races, leaving some races undecided long after Election Day.

"An American voter is not happy with one party being in charge", he said.

Trump and Republicans appeared to have the economy on their side heading into the election: Unemployment in October held at a 48-year low of 3.7 percent. "I think he's preying upon people's fears", said Jay Hutchins, 49, a Democrat voting in Silver Spring, Maryland, said of Trump. IN is Trump country (and the home state of Vice President Mike Pence), but Donnelly is slightly ahead in most recent polls. "I'm not saying you're a racist, but the racists think you're a racist".

"We'll just have to work a little bit differently", he told reporters. He dispatched more than 5,000 troops to the region, suggesting soldiers would use lethal force against migrants who throw rocks, before later reversing himself. The outgoing Governor of Florida is Republican Rick Scott.

From sea to shining sea, there are many close races and questionable outcomes, leading to an evening of nail-biting and deep breathing all around.

Other records were also falling. At least 255 women were on the ballot as major party congressional candidates. Indeed, more than 100 women could be elected in the House for the first time.

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