A hilarious "SNL" skit that aired on November 3 depicted Democratic voters as being in a state of maximum anxiety over the 2018 midterms no matter how much they tried to pretend they were feeling optimistic-and according to a new Gallup survey, that skit isn't off base.
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. Other Democrats fighting for political survival included Missouri's Claire McCaskill, Indiana's Joe Donnelly and Bill Nelson of Florida.
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. The Republicans won the governor races in Florida and OH, according to exit polls.
Then he unleashed a torrent of 17 retweets of his postings from the last few days. recalling his rallies. blasting Democrats and endorsing a number of Republican candidates.
In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency.
Outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat faced an unusually strong challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans enjoy a slim 51-49 edge in the Senate and are favored to hang on to their majority since Democrats are defending 26 seats, and Republicans only nine.
Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez won a third Senate term in New Jersey, despite a federal bribery indictment that prosecutors dropped this year after a mistrial.
Resigned to the loss of one-party control over Washington in Tuesday's elections, President Donald Trump stared down the prospect of endless House investigations, stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition. The flood of political donations from interest groups and individuals will make it the most expensive midterm ever, and early signs suggest voter turnout could be the highest in half a century.
Carol Burton, another Democratic voter says she voted against the Republicans: "We need a curb on Trump, there won't be any checks on him if Republicans win".
Historical patterns and current polling shows the majority party, the Republicans in this case, losing seats during a midterm election.
AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.
What top forecasters are saying about the state of the race as voters head to the polls; will Republicans see a late surge, similar to 2016, as a result of President Donald Trump's incessant campaigning?
The outcome of the mid-term elections, which take place halfway through a four-year presidential term, could completely change the composition of both chambers.
Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press. For Democrats, it was healthcare, which registered with 18 percent of voters.
After a hectic week of campaigning, Trump spent Tuesday at the White House awaiting exit polls and final results.
In a suburban battleground in Atlanta, Republican Rep. Karen Handel won a costly special election earlier this cycle but faced an upstart challenge from Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed at a gas station.
Now it looks like Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress. Republicans have picked up enough Senate seats to block Democrats there, expanding GOP control over the Senate. "This is a referendum on the party in power". While Republicans confront serious headwinds in holding the House, the uniqueness of the contest in each of 435 House districts makes for a wide range in the potential number of seats Democrats may gain.
Barack Obama - on the campaign trail for the Democratic party - said "the character of our country is on the ballot".
Democrats also failed to take over the Senate, leaving the GOP-controlled chamber as a check against Democrats' ability to pass partisan legislation through Congress. In both Senate and House races, Democrats have focused heavily on health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat seeking to dethrone Republican Ted Cruz in Texas, said the state is one of "immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees".
Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least.
Casting his ballot in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see continued economic growth under Trump. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company.
"He is really angry at Ryan", one source said on "everything". "I just couldn't believe it", he said, referring to Senate hearings were held where Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both teenagers.