USA midterm elections: Republicans hold the Senate, Democrats secure House victory

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to control the House and gain a check on President Donald Trump.

Trump himself noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020.

As one of the most volatile midterm elections in USA history wound down, the Democrats drew ever closer to the 218 seats needed for a majority, with dozens of races still undecided. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. Around 57% said they approve of the job he's doing, fitting with the positive news for Republicans as CNN predicts Republican Marsha Blackburn will take a US Senate seat.

President Trump also endorsed this impression, telling voters in a campaign rally that "your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016", when they elected him.

Democrats picked up at least 12 Republican-held House seats in early returns but fell short in a closely watched race in Kentucky as they fought to wrest control of the chamber after eight years of GOP rule.

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Women in general had a record-breaking night in the House, with more than 90 of them expected to join the House's freshman class. Ocasio-Cortez's district, New York's 14th, has a foreign-born population that is now nearing almost 50 percent.

At the same time, Democrats re-elected embattled New Jersey Sen.

In the suburbs outside the nation's capital, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator.

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After knocking off a couple of Democratic incumbents so far, Republicans could not only defend but potentially increase their 51-seat majority as additional races are called throughout the night.

Most Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign's final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like keeping down healthcare costs, maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.

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Two unexpectedly hard races in deep-red states went to Republicans. He played to his base, but his over-the-top rhetoric turned off so many people that Democrats managed to retake the House. Liberals hope that a Republican defeat in the midterm could halt this trend.

Just weeks before the vote, a Trump supporter allegedly shipped pipe bombs to some of the president's most prominent critics, among them former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Other super negatives for the President include New Jersey, New York (-21 in both), Virginia (-13), MI (-9) and Pennsylvania (-10).

Trump spent the day at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team.

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

The White House for days has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

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In suburban areas where key House races were decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, and Mike Braun over Joe Donnelly in Indiana. DeSantis, who narrowly defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum to become the governor of Florida, even released an ad showing him reading Trump's book The Art of the Deal to one of his young children and teaching another how to say "Make America Great Again".

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