What's at stake in the United States mid-term elections

Republicans fight to keep control of Senate in midterms

Trump called Pelosi Tuesday night to congratulate her on her party's success and acknowledged her call for bipartisanship, her spokesman said.

Democrats needed to pick up two dozen seats to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate. They mobilized on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles.

Republicans have retained Senate control for two more years.

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.

Lavrov also reiterated Moscow's position that it is not meddling in USA elections.

A voting sign is seen next to debris left over from Hurricane Michael in Marianna, Florida. Democrats were gaining speed in their quest for the House, which would give them the ability to launch investigations into the president and stymie his agenda.

"We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can't", Pelosi said. Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads. And there are some key races to watch in those states, including in Georgia, where the governor's race was among the nation's most-watched midterm contests and generating heavy turnout.

So if the Democrats can take charge of one of the chambers, they can potentially put a hold on some of these plans.

All seats are contested every two years.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 governorships were up for grabs.

Democrats won several of the Republican-held districts that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, providing the backbone of their efforts to win the House majority.

Democrats face a daunting Senate map in the 2018 midterms and have been forced to defend 10 seats in states that President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, including North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost. We have already seen that with Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic challenger to Senator Ted Cruz in Texas.


Two of the liberal movement's greatest hopes, Democrats Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, struggled to overcome some of the most overt racial attacks since the civil rights era and make history as the first black governors in Georgia and Florida, respectively.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump told a crowd Monday in Cleveland, Ohio. The supermajority enables Republicans to override vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL.

Voters go to a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Likely Senate outcome: Republicans hold on to the Senate.

The surge of female candidates this year has drawn comparisons to the "Year of the Woman", when in 1992 voters sent 47 women to the House, and four women joined the Senate bringing women's numbers to six.

"From obtaining Trump's tax returns to investigating the trademarks his family has received from China to the profitability of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., to the question of Russian collusion in the 2016 election, the Democrats will be able request information from executive branch officials and private parties, using the power of a congressional subpoena and the threat of being held in contempt of Congress should one not comply".

That was during Republican President Ronald Reagan's first term, when turnout among Democrats rose at twice the rate of increase among Republicans, according to Pew Research Center, resulting in a net gain of 26 seats for Democrats in the House.

Trump was spending Election Day at the White House and tweeting support for Republicans in the toughest races.

As to the Senate, Republicans have a much better chance of keeping control. In the final days, he sought to motivate supporters with the battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh - at one point mocking a woman who claimed the judge had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

The Republican caucuses in both chambers have become even more conservative with the loss of moderates within Trump's party, even as Democrats appear to be spoiling for a fight with Trump.

Investors often favour Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda.

Gallup found that 83% of Republicans predicted that the GOP would keep its Senate majority on Election Day, while only 49% of Democrats believed their party would obtain a majority in the Upper House.

"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, head of equity derivatives strategy at Weeden & Co, New York.

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