Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

The US House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives

The Democrats will need to capture 23 seats now held by Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives, a likely possibility.

Polls have closed across the East Coast, but the results in some of the most closely watched races remain too close to call.

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

Democrats have won at least 17 Republican-held districts, a significant down payment on the net gain of 23 seats they need to win the House.

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 per cent.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life. More voters said that they area where they live had been hurt by Mr. Trump's trade policy than had been helped.

Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away.

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

A voting sign is seen next to debris left over from Hurricane Michael in Marianna, Florida.

"We have long cautioned against assuming the House was a done deal for the Democrats, and we don't think readers should be stunned if things go haywire for Democrats tomorrow night", Crystal Ball editor-in-chief Larry Sabato and managing editor Kyle Kondik wrote.

"I'm ready to ride the Blue Wave", said Barry Rubin, 60, displaying a surfboard that read "Surfers for Harley Rouda".

Midway through Trump's first term, the elections once again focused on health care, only this time Democrats were on the attack against Republicans, attacking the GOP over attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its signature protections for people with preexisting conditions.

During the final stretch of the race, Trump tore across the country, holding 11 rallies over six days. Historical patterns and current polling shows the majority party, the Republicans in this case, losing seats during a midterm election.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships are up for grabs.

Some Georgia voters saw lines of hundreds of people waiting to cast ballots in an election that will determine control of both houses of Congress and three dozen governors' seats. From 6 p.m.to 7 p.m., insiders will have their eyes on Lexington, where Republican incumbent Andy Barr is up against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, a retired Marine. Nearly all of the most pivotal Senate spots are unfolding in very conservative areas, such as North Dakota, Missouri, and in, where Trump won by leaps and bounds and where the Democratic incumbents could possibly give up seats to Republicans.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.

USA voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on Tuesday, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported.

USA stocks ticked higher in thin trading on Tuesday, as investors awaited the election results. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen.

The race for governor in the Sunshine State is one of the marquee races of the cycle.

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Do voters in Iowa and other spots on the Obama-Trump map swing back to the Democrats?

"I think he's trying to divide this country". But on the strength of overwhelming support from rural areas, businessman Mike Braun put an end to Donnelly's Senate tenure - and, in all probability, to the Democratic Party's hopes of winning a majority in the upper chamber Tuesday night.

Republicans retained Senate control Tuesday after ousting Democratic incumbents in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri, delivering a victory to President Donald Trump by preserving the chamber as a showplace for his conservative...

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him.

With divided leadership in Congress and a president who has taken an expansive view of executive power, Washington could be in store for even deeper political polarization and legislative gridlock.

Democrats are defending 10 Senate seats in states that Trump won in 2016. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

A Reuters analysis of the past half century showed stocks fared better in the two calendar years after congressional elections when Republicans control Congress and the presidency than when Democrats controlled the two branches, and at least as well as during times of gridlock.

"He is really angry at Ryan", one source said on "everything".