Exit polls: Trump's approval over 50% where it mattered in Senate races

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With control of Congress and statehouses across the nation at stake, numerous nation's top elections were too close to call.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

A major surge in early voting also sparked speculation that the so-called "Trump effect" was motivating progressive voters to turn out in record numbers - but as numerous election experts have pointed out, early voting has been a rising trend for years, and it's unclear whether all those early voters support Republicans or Democrats.

In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first Native American and gay woman elected to the House.

Democratic control of the House would break the GOP's monopoly on power in Washington and would nearly certainly lead to an onslaught of investigations of President Trump's businesses and his administration.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. IN is Trump country (and the home state of Vice President Mike Pence), but Donnelly is slightly ahead in most recent polls.

Tensions have been running high ahead of the midterms, with Democrats calling to shed civility and Republicans branding their opponents left-wing socialists.

In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida.

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Control of Congress is at stake, effectively deciding whether Trump will continue to get a free ride from the current Republican-led legislature or be forced to deal with Democrats that he has spent months deriding as extreme leftists bent on bringing chaos to the United States.

But Democratic former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail in the election's final days to challenge Trump, questioning his policies and character. Minnesota and Montana are close, with a less than five percent gap between approval and disapproval. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and potential 2020 presidential candidate Sen.

If Democrats do manage to take the House, they will be in position to provide the first institutional check on Trump's presidency - a role Republicans have chosen not to play given his political dominance on the right.

USA citizens will vote to select their preferred members of Congress, both for the House of Representatives and for the Senate, as well as state Governors and down-ballot positions such as local representatives and judges. Elizabeth Warren in MA, according to CNN projections. Was the New Yorker just inspired by an old soviet cartoon on U.S. elections? "We just can't let that happen, because it's un-American". And I think that some of the more radical leftist members of the House on the Democratic side are going to become committee chairs.

The slim playing field for Republicans was even more surprising given the state of the economy.

A rainbow forms over the US Capitol as evening sets on midterm Election Day in Washington, US November 6, 2018.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib are also expected to make history in Minnesota and MI respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is widely expected to retain his post as the Democratic leader.

Numerous most competitive races for the House of Representatives will be fought in the suburbs, where anecdotally we have been hearing that white married women could be moving away from the GOP.