Polls Closing in Midterm Elections with Trump's Agenda on the Line

President Donald Trump returns to the White House after campaigning

Despite Democrats hailing an end to one-party dominance at the top of U.S. politics, Trump spoke of a "tremendous success". Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

Democrats say they are determined to obtain more information about meetings by Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, anxious that Trump is so eager to make a "great deal" that he will give Kim too much.

Republicans, meanwhile, retained control of the Senate after GOP candidates unseated incumbent Democrats in IN and North Dakota and won an open seat in Tennessee.

Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to take control of the House for the first time since the Tea Party wave of 2010 and the latest polls give them a good chance to do so. "Trump needs help in Congress", Mooney said, adding that he was "disappointed and embarrassed" by the way Democratic senators treated Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during his confirmation hearings. Yet he was vindicated in voting that took place for Senate seats and a smattering of governorships - endorsing an agenda and a style of governing that inspired the very backlash that cost his party the House.

In the last two decades there have only three election cycles where one party picked up 24 or more seats.

In her first stint, Pelosi was a strong opposing force to Republican George W. Bush in the final two years of his presidency.

A record number of women are projected to win seats in the House in a massive night for female candidates across the political spectrum.

Schiff, a persistent critic of Trump on the cable networks, has been bursting with frustration at what he says are the obstructions placed by the current GOP chairman, Devin Nunes of California, on the committee's investigation of alleged collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.

After a day of historically high turnout at the polls, Penn students gathered at bars, fraternity houses and dorm lounges to monitor the results of Tuesday's midterm elections.

But Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.

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Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes. Voters will also elect 36 governors and hundreds of state and local government representatives. Democrat Chintan Desai is trailing in the Arkansas District One seat against Republican Rick Crawford.

Actually passing many bills, however, will be hard because the GOP will fall well short of the 60 votes needed to break through Democratic filibusters, procedural delays that kill legislation.

They may make fresh targets for his divisive rhetoric.

The loss of the House is a serious blow to Trump who must now brace for the novel experience of oversight from Capitol Hill with Democratic committee chairmen promising constraints on his power that the GOP never attempted.

Prominent Democrats, such as Representative Adam Schiff, who is in line to chair the House Intelligence Committee, have joined Republicans backing measures to clamp down on China, like legislation treating ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd technology and phones as major cyber security threats.

Republican gains in the Senate are sure to bolster the party's efforts to ram conservative federal judges through confirmation proceedings during a lame duck session that starts next week, as well as next year.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

In her reprised role, she will have to thread a political needle, standing up to Trump when needed but also showing that her party is capable of working with the president to get laws passed.

No, they don't. It's an agenda of more taxes, more regulations, and less economic growth.

But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep political divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race.

"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, in NY.

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