Battle for the House tests Trump, GOP hold on Congress

Live updates: Election Day to test Democratic resistance in Trump era

US midterm elections 2018 LIVE updates: Voting underway as Donald Trump faces litmus test

The first polling stations closed at 6:00 pm Eastern time (2300 GMT) in parts of Kentucky and in - where Democrats are struggling to hold a crucial Senate seat in a state won by Trump two years ago.

The DSCC this week reminded reporters that two years ago, analysts were wondering whether the GOP would be on the cusp of a 60-seat Senate, given the favorable map: 26 Democrat-held seats, many in states Mr. Trump won in 2016, compared with just nine GOP-held seats.

It was the first national election in the United States since the 2016 race in which Russian Federation interfered, according to USA intelligence agencies, with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord, harm the Democratic presidential candidate and boost Trump's chances.

Still, nearly 7 in 10 said the economy was in good shape, and those who said their personal finances were in better shape now than two years ago outnumbered those who believed their finances were worse off, according to the polling. The final poll in Missouri shows a small lead for U.S. Sen.

Carlos Gallinar, an El Paso resident, said he planned to vote for O'Rourke because of "the negative energy coming out of Washington and this president".

Women have never held more than 20 percent, or 107, of the 535 seats in Congress, the current number.

Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors. Democrat Andrew Gillum is hoping to become the state's first African American governor.

Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who personally invested $110 million to help Democrats this year, largely in the House, has seized on voter education levels in picking target races, according to senior aide Howard Wolfson. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the results "a good night" for the White House.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in the hotly contested gubernatorial election. They also alienated many intelligence professionals, a rift Schiff has vowed to fix.

In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency. Aid to Israel- including emergency aid in times of conflict- goes through the House, and votes on such aid were the subject of debate in several races across the country.

Arizona will have a woman representing the southwestern state in the US Senate for the first time as two women battle for the seat being vacated by Jeff Flake, a Trump critic who is not running for reelection.

A loss of the House will also trigger significant second guessing of the President's tactics, given that he chose not to make the booming economy his primary midterm argument, instead turning to a searing indictment of Democrats focusing on immigration and laden with racial language. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company. The party has pledged to check the president's power and start a slew of investigations on matters including his tax returns, Russian involvement in the 2016 election and actions by his administration.

In the latest forecast by CNN's Harry Enten, Democrats are tipped to win 226 seats and the House majority while Republicans will win just 209 seats.

Control of the Senate means control of how the presidency will be policed, including possible impeachment proceedings, and means the key positions on the main committees. State law also allows voters to mail in their ballots on Election Day.

Trump said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting on Monday that he wished he had a softer tone during his first two years in office - even as he kept up his attacks on political rivals.Trump blamed the political vitriol on election season. "You vote, you might save a life".

Democrats could also recapture governor's offices in several battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and OH, a potential help for the party in those states in the 2020 presidential race. They also held on to competitive seats in Texas, where Sen.

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