Fast facts about the USA elections, seen as referendum on Trump

Geraldine Edwards
November 9, 2018

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

Election forecasters said Democrats would likely pick up the 23 seats they need to gain a majority in the House, but the party had less hope of adding the two seats it needs to gain control of the Senate.

Polls show Republicans favored to gain one to three U.S. Senate seats.

But Democrats - propelled by outsize support in the nation's suburbs, and from women and minority voters especially - notched victories in states that just two years ago helped Trump win the presidency.

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

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"We've got to get down to work as soon as we are sworn in on January 3 and make some real change come about. we're going to have a lot of brand new members - many of whom will come from tough districts, many of them that never served in any elected office in their higher lives". Parrish had backed a ballot measure - defeated by voters in January - that would have eliminated a new tax to provide health care for low-income Oregonians.

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A Florida man and ardent Trump supporter was charged recently with sending homemade bombs to more than a dozen senior Democrats and other high profile opponents of the president. And Pelosi would look to regain the speakership.

What happens on election day?

Preliminary exit poll data found that Trump was a factor for nearly two-thirds of House voters. VoteCast debuted Tuesday and is a survey of more than 120,000 voters and nonvoters conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Millions of Americans voted in the congressional and state contests, with all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member US Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships at stake. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

Control of the US House of Representatives will most likely see the Democrats use their new majority to push for greater accountability on Trump's foreign policy agenda, and demand a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia.

While the Republican Party retained control of the Senate, a win for the Democrats in the House would end the GOP monopoly on power in Washington and open a new era of divided government. Trump had been tweeting support for specific GOP candidates, even as he acknowledged potential losses by emphasizing that his focus was on the Senate.

Experts expect the state's 2nd, 9th and 13th congressional districts - George Holding vs. Linda Coleman; Mark Harris vs. Dan McCready; and Ted Budd vs. Kathy Manning, respectively - to be North Carolina's tightest House races.

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Several districts on the East Coast with early poll closing times were among those watched Tuesday for signs of the electorate's mood.

Outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat faced an unusually strong challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.

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 Florida has a competitive US Senate election, where Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has led Republican Governor Rick Scott by a few points. Other seats in the state were also considered in play.

It also will test Trump's ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready.

The Democrats achieved a supermajority in the House when Rachel Prusak, a nurse, beat Republican Rep. Julie Parrish to represent a district south of Portland. Even President Reagan experienced a loss of 26 House seats to the Democrats in 1982. It is now made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

The committee also distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after racial remarks, and his seat was unexpectedly contested in the final week of the campaign. The GOP will fall short of the 60 votes needed to break Democratic filibusters, procedural delays that kill legislation. For example, Golden, who will be sworn in along with other winners on January 14, will have to be mindful he's from a fairly conservative district, Shortell said. With three races unresolved early Wednesday, Republicans stood a chance of expanding their majority with wins possible in Florida, Arizona and Montana. "It's just a very robust class of candidates that really reflects who we are as a country".

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