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

07 November 2018

Fundraising reports from the third quarter of 2018 cemented those fears as Democrats outraised Republican opponents in competitive House races.

President Donald Trump and his allies have been whipping up conservative voters in recent days, campaigning on the threat of a migrant caravan making its way to the United States, and boasting of the roaring economy.

In the leadup to the election, Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House could slip away.

But with his party losing its majority in the House, the results represented a bitter setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

WASHINGTON-The U.S. midterm elections brought a surge of female candidates to ballots across the country.

The campaign 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.

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.

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If Republicans maintain control, it will put the GOP in position to continue driving forward the President's agenda in at least one chamber of Congress. Seventeen percent of voters were first-time voters, and the majority of these voters cast their House ballot for the Democratic candidate. One Clinton staffer likened it, in Politico's paraphrase, to "getting dental work without anesthesia", while a Bush official called it "one of the most demoralizing times of his career".

AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered President Trump a factor in their votes.

Robert Wolf, former economic adviser to former President Obama and a Fox News contributor, thinks Democrats will retake the House in the midterm elections, but he does not expect a full-fledged "blue wave".

Ballot counting could drag in tight races, leaving some races undecided long after Election Day.

Eastern, NBC News projected that Jennifer Wexton had defeated Barbara Comstock in her bid to represent Virginia's 10th district.

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.

Democrats also started to cut into the GOP's massive advantage at the gubernatorial level, flipping seats in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and New Mexico.

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He would have a ready-made target, a Democrat-controlled House, to blame for obstructing progress.

Outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.

Investors often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda. That year, they leaned Republican by 12 points, but this election they supported Democrats by 12 points.

If Martha McSally can keep Arizona in Republican hands and Dean Heller defends his seat, the GOP has a 53-seat majority.

By the NCSL's record, Republican dominance of state legislatures is at a historic high.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings could become chairman of Oversight and Government Reform, and he claims he would not be "about trying to get any retribution".

The two parties were also tangling in several crucial governors' races, including in Midwest battleground states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and MI.

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Secondly, the surprise election of Trump in 2016 was the result of a few thousand votes being cast for him unexpectedly in Midwestern states that won him the electoral college.

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