MIDTERMS: Factbox: Fast Facts About The U.S

  • MIDTERMS: Factbox: Fast Facts About The U.S

MIDTERMS: Factbox: Fast Facts About The U.S

And Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in a key Senate battle in IN, a state Trump carried mightily in 2016.

FOX News is projecting that the Democrats will retake the U.S. House, but the GOP will retain control of the Senate.

As one of the most volatile midterm elections in US history wound down, the Democrats drew ever closer to the 218 seats needed for a majority, with dozens of races still undecided. Fueling their intensity were Trump's anti-immigration stances, his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under Obama and the #MeToo movement's fury over sexual harassment. Bredesen had promised a bipartisan approach if elected.

The night's news wasn't completely disastrous for Democrats. Democratic favorite Conor Lamb, who stunned Washington by winning a special election in the state, beat Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a new district.

Early Wednesday, Trump warned Democrats against using their new majority to investigate his administration. Trump prevailed in IN by 19 points.

Voter turnout could be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years, experts predicted.

Trump, the GOP's chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

Campaigns unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president. The party controls both chambers of the state legislature and the governor's office in 25 states, with Democrats holding that trifecta in eight states, the group said.

In turn, Trump has already been trying out defensive arguments, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.

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

"The broad question I keep asking myself is, are we at a point of a fundamental change in the American party system", Ensley said. "I like the fact that he is not a politician, and I forgive some of the socially incorrect or politically incorrect things that he says".

"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Mr Trump declared in his final day of campaigning. He himself has characterized the election as a referendum on his presidency.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

While Trump is not on the ballot, the most polarizing U.S. president for decades has put himself at the center of every issue.

In other results, Vermont independent Sen.

Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA easily won re-election as they consider bids for the Democratic presidential nomination. Along with Sherrod Brown, a pro-labor lawmaker re-elected in OH, the four are considered potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

If Democrats end up with a cushion of more than 15 seats - meaning they gain 38 additional districts or more on Tuesday - that job becomes much easier.

With terms of six years, about a third of the Senate is up for election every two years. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges.

Also victorious was Republican Mitt Romney, the vanquished 2012 GOP presidential candidate who grabbed the Utah seat being vacated by the retiring GOP Sen.

Democrats seized early victories in contested House races in Florida and also in Virginia, where political newcomer Jennifer Wexton defeated two-term representative Barbara Comstock. He frequently invoked his upset win in 2016 and tried to recapture that energy in his final rallies, at times relegating the candidates he had traveled to endorse to supporting actors in the theater of a Trump rally. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Missouri's Claire McCaskill went down to defeat.

Turnout was expected to be much higher than in previous times on Election Day Tuesday when USA voters headed to the polls to choose their representatives in both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections.

The president's party will maintain control of the executive branch of the government, in addition to the Senate, but Democrats suddenly have a foothold that gives them subpoena power to probe deep into Trump's personal and professional missteps - and his long-withheld tax returns.

In battlegrounds where Democrats were thought to have chances to gain seats, first-term Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen was in a close contest with Nevada Sen.