Early results in the USA midterm elections show Democrats inching towards majority control of the 435 member House as Republicans were clinging to delicate majorities in the Senate Tuesday night as an anxious nation watched whether voters would reward or reject the GOP in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.
Two Miami-Dade County House seats turned Democrat on Tuesday, as Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell won their races.
Pelosi, a polarising figure Republicans have run against for several election cycles, is likely to win the speakership again, even though some members and members-elect have said they would not support her.
But Democrats have been fired up by anger at Trump's extraordinary attacks over the last few weeks against immigrants, claiming that his opponents seek to throw open the borders to "drug dealers, predators and bloodthirsty MS-13 killers".
Donald Trump has hailed the Republicans' performance in the USA midterm elections as a "tremendous success" - despite losses which are set to see his party lose control of Congress.
"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" the president said on Twitter, his only remarks after projections came in.
Just 42 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2014 congressional midterm elections, the lowest turnout since at least 1964, according to the US Census Bureau.
But Trump is such an unusual politician who has made a career overturning conventions and expectations that it's possible he will defy ominous precedents.
After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.
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On Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated that stance and called on the U.S.to provide "concrete evidence". But since 2017, three people have been charged with spying for China or attempting to spy for China.
GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana predicted his party would retain a slim majority, saying on election eve: "In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy".
Obama, still hoarse from days of campaigning, told volunteers that issues like health care and opportunities for working families are "on the ballot", along with the nation's character.
The outcome of the midterms will also mark the culmination of a bitter partisan battle for control of Congress and set the stage for the 2020 elections, where an expansive field of Democratic presidential candidates is expected to challenge Trump after his first term in office. A record number of women were running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is narrowly trailing his challenger Rep. Ron DeSantis.
Pennsylvania looked particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.
"If the Democrats really believe that this President is controlled by Russian Federation, then why do they say nothing about it?" At least three other red districts flipped to blue.
Investors often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda. Finally, Democrats have performed well in off-year elections ("special elections").
If Martha McSally can keep Arizona in Republican hands and Dean Heller defends his seat, the GOP has a 53-seat majority.
Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions. Rep. Marsha Blackburn was able to hold Tennessee's seat for Republicans, as current Sen.
Democrats need to net 23 seats in order to win a majority. The vote in that district, which has the highest household income in the country, was a clear rejection of a Trump ally, and a sign that Democrats could easily dominate the suburbs.