In House races, Democrats scored some early victories Tuesday in their quest to wrest control of the chamber, but Republicans were holding on in some key races where they faced strong challengers as initial returns were tallied.
Republicans flipped several Senate seats on Tuesday, with wins by Josh Hawley over Sen. In that state, Republican Mike Braun was declared as the victor over Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.
Campaigning in Ohio, Trump declared that "everything is at stake" as he sought to bolster the campaign of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor.
Four GOP seats in Orange County, including two where the incumbent Republicans retired, were in play, along with three other seats to the north beyond Los Angeles and into the Central Valley. But 2018 Democrat congressional candidates are projected to spend more than $2.53 billion, versus about $2.20 billion for Republican candidates. About three-quarters of the registered voters named health care as in important issue to their vote, according to recent Pew research. And Mack Paul, a Democrat, was leading incumbent Sen.
Democrats would have to pick up six seats to break the GOP's veto-proof super majority and 11 to win take the majority outright.
The long-running "Russia collusion" probe has been sidelined in the election debate as purely domestic issues such as economy and health care have taken center stage.More news: Rivers, Gordon leads Chargers past Seahawks 25-17
High-profile races for governor in Georgia, Florida and OH also were too close to call. In California, only a third of voters in 2018 approve of the job he's doing as President, while his approval in North Dakota is 61%.
While Trump is not on the ballot, the most polarizing U.S. president for decades has put himself at the center of every issue.
Of course, Democrats have been in this position before: Two years ago, polling indicated that Hillary Clinton was more likely become the next President of the United States, and she fell short in a night that shocked the country. The President has energised a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country.
Polls in Virginia and Florida begin closing at 7 p.m. ET with the majority closed by 9 p.m.
If you plan to stay up late tonight to follow the midterm elections in the U.S., here are some interesting races to watch. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way. Laura Kelly defeated Republican Kris Kobach, who Trump had campaigned with last month. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting. The party's task was much more hard in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority but Democrats are defending 10 seats in states won by the president two years ago.
However, after an election campaign marred by extremist violence, opponents called the polls a chance to curtail a president they accuse of deliberately stirring racism and social division in the search for votes.More news: Panthers hold on to top Tampa, 42-28
"The latest opinion polls have indicated that the gap between the Democrats and the Republicans have narrowed, although the former are still favourite to take the House with the latter regaining control of the Senate".
Even so, Democrats were highly confident, with Nancy Pelosi, the party's top leader in the House, saying "it's just a question of the size of the victory".
"An American voter is not happy with one party being in charge", he said. Moreover, 56 percent of those surveyed thought the country was on the wrong track and 41 percent said it was on the right track.
"The popular vote rules", she said.
Trump said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting on Monday that he wished he had a softer tone during his first two years in office - even as he kept up his attacks on political rivals.Trump blamed the political vitriol on election season.More news: Google issues statement about RAM management issues on the Pixel 3