Dems flip a string of GOP seats in early House returns

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At the time of this writing, Fox News reports the GOP has made a net gain of at least three Senate seats and could gain two more, while Democrats are projected to win enough seats to flip the House. It remains to be seen whether two years of only modest reforms will depress enthusiasm for Trump's re-election, or motivate 2020 voters to deliver him a majority he can work with in a second term. Democrats were able to ride opposition to Trump to wins in more Democratic-leaning states like NY and deep-red states like Oklahoma.

Sanders says the Republican National Committee raised more than $250 million under Trump to defy what she calls "midterm history", which tends to favor the party that does not control the White House.

On Tuesday, the Republicans lost their majority in the House, Congress's lower chamber, after a Democratic surge during a dramatic midterm campaign season marred by violence and hostile political rhetoric.

And Rep. Adam Schiff, slated to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to probe alleged Trump campaign-Russia collusion.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" the president said on Twitter, his only remarks after projections came in.

As Pelosi played a starring role in GOP attack ads against them, several Democrats said flat-out they would not vote for her as leader.

Former Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott held a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen.

Trump - a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician - had hardened his rhetoric down the stretch on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American "mobs".

Since 1946, the president's party has lost an average of 25 House seats in midterm elections, according to Gallup.

Despite capturing the House, Democrats were unable to takeover the Senate, where Republicans maintained a firm majority.

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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.

But anti-incumbent fervor helped sweep House Democrats out of power in 2010, during President Barack Obama's first term, and it threatened to hurt Republicans this year, dramatically remaking the map in key states from Pennsylvania to California.

In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat in IN, and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, marking disappointment for the Democrats.

Democrats landed on a plan to allow each vulnerable Democrat to run an independent campaign without a unified platform. While, Colorado Democrat Jared Polis has been elected as the first openly gay US Governor while, Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids became first Native American woman in Congress.

The surviving Republican members in the House, too, will have little interest in cooperating with the new Democratic majority, leaving Republican congressional power focussed in the Senate and the government largely gridlocked. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.

With Democrats on the brink of winning the House, reclaiming the speaker's gavel could be Pelosi's last act, one she intends to use to restore the power of the office after GOP Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

By 10 p.m. EDT, several major networks called the House for Democrats. Prior to the elections, the Republicans held 236 seats, and Democrats - 193, and six seats remained vacant.

This was the first national referendum on Trump's leadership since he won the presidency two years ago, and even more than most presidents, Trump staked his reputation on the results. "All the GOP has is the other half of Congress, the Supreme Court, and a president who does whatever he wants".

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular.

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