US election: Trump's incendiary politics vs Democrat 'resistance'

US election: Trump's incendiary politics vs Democrat 'resistance'

But Tuesday's results were a bitter outcome for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

If Democrats do manage to take the House, they will be in position to provide the first institutional check on Trump's presidency - a role Republicans have chosen not to play given his political dominance on the right. Democrats could also make significant progress in the investigations of Trump's possible collusion with Russian Federation and of his tax returns.

They also could force Mr Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

The result in Texas will say much about which way argument has worked best in these polarized times.

Results were to continue trickling in through the night, with the last polls closing in Alaska at 0600 GMT on Wednesday. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a victory party in Washington.

Former vice president Joe Biden, often touted as a possible Democratic candidate to take on Trump in 2020, said he'd be "dumbfounded" not to win the House.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country".

In the lead-up to the race, most analysts and polls expected Republicans to keep the Senate and lose the House.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, who are both Democrats, will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

For Democrats, the road to the majority ran through the two dozen suburban districts Clinton won and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago.

Opinion polls and election forecasters favor Democrats to pick up the minimum of 23 seats they need on Tuesday to capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration.

To stem Republican losses, President Trump sprinted through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings about what Democratic power would mean for the nation.

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.

Voting has already wrapped up in parts of Kentucky, where the White House is watching incumbent three-term Republican Rep. Andy Barr's effort to hold his seat a state Trump won by 16 points in 2016 as a potential barometer of how the night will go. Republicans picked up seats in IN and North Dakota, knocking off Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp respectively.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is projected to have become the youngest woman ever elected to the US House at 29 years old.

The Democrats picked up at least a dozen Republican-held House seats across nearly all regions of the country as returns were still coming in Tuesday but fell short in some closely watched races as they fought to wrest control of the chamber from the GOP.

Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 presidential contender, and Mr Tim Kaine of Virginia, Mrs Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election, news networks projected.

U.S. citizens will vote to select their preferred members of Congress, both for the House of Representatives and for the Senate, as well as state Governors and down-ballot positions such as local representatives and judges.

In Miami, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell beat Republican Carlos Curbelo and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a Democrat, defeated television anchor Maria Elvira Salazar, a Republican for an open House seat.

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