Republican win in IN makes Democrat path to Senate majority trickier

Republican win in IN makes Democrat path to Senate majority trickier

As polls closed in more than half of US states late on November 6, one of the most consequential elections in a generation was still too close to call.

As one of the most volatile midterm elections in US history wound down, the Democrats drew ever closer to the 218 seats needed for a majority, with dozens of races still undecided.

WASHINGTON | Republicans retained control of the Senate on Tuesday, ousting Democratic incumbents in IN and North Dakota and handing President Donald Trump a triumph by ensuring they will remain as guardians of his conservative agenda for two more years.

Anna Giaretelli from the Washington Examiner joined Larry Williams Drive to discuss the latest updates from the tight contest.

As polling draws to a close and results pour in from across the United States, analysts say Republicans have retained control of the Senate and the Democrats have won the House of Representatives. The party has reportedly taken over Kansas, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, New Jersey, Florida, and NY, along with two Republican seats along the East Coast.

With control of the House, Democrats will chair powerful committees and have subpoena power to seek Trump's tax returns and more aggressively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion by the president's campaign. Ted Cruz fended off Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the well-financed liberal darling, and Tennessee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn prevailed.

Democrats' longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority were pinned on expectations that their supporters, roused by revulsion toward Trump, would surge to the polls. If he is successful, he would become the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Texas in three decades.

Republican Brian Kemp is well ahead of Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia's governor election. Democrats needed to gain 23 seats to reclaim control.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested election.

The mixed results unfolded as an anxious nation watched to see whether voters would reward or reject the GOP in the first nationwide election of Trump's turbulent presidency.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good. That's a sure-fire formula for two years of legislative gridlock and positioning for the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. A few had already won re-election Tuesday, including in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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In Virginia, political newcomer Jennifer Wexton defeated two-term GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock.

He would have a ready-made target, a Democrat-controlled House, to blame for obstructing progress. It is now made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

Democrats failed to defeat a vulnerable incumbent in Kentucky, where Republican Rep. Andy Barr won over former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs when polls opened.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 presidential contender, and Democrat Sen.

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

Thirty-five seats are in play in Tuesday's election. Almost 4 in 10 said they were casting ballots to express opposition to him, while just 1 in 4 said their vote was an expression of support.

Mr Trump encouraged voters to view the first nationwide election of his presidency as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular.

And Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in a key Senate battle in IN, a state Trump carried mightily in 2016.