Democrats Capture US House Majority, Republicans Retain Control of Senate

Bernie Sanders has been re-elected for another six-year term in the US Senate

"With Democrats' leadership in the state solidified, NY can pass policies previously blocked by Republicans to expand health care coverage, address climate change, and ensure women retain the right to make their own medical decisions", Jessica Post, executive director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, Fox News and NBC News projected, giving Democrats the opportunity to block Trump's agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.

Tuesday's elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump's term, and about 7 in 10 in voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote.

"We're seeing the ramifications of Democrats on these committees who have this kind of power", Melber said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump had "closed the deal" for Mr Braun after appearing alongside him at a rally on Monday night.

Democrats have had mixed success in districts that backed former President Barack Obama and flipped to backing Trump.

At stake are all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

Prior to the elections, the Republicans held 236 seats, and Democrats - 193, and six seats remained vacant.

The BBC's United States partner network CBS projects the Democrats will win the 23 seats they need to take over the lower chamber of Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to become speaker again, though many Democratic candidates, particularly in states Trump won, said they would not support her. The Democrats also made inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters.

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They held onto seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 50-50 Senate - enough to give Republicans control because Vice-President Mike Pence as president of the Senate would tip the balance to the GOP.

Democrats swept the other statewide offices, with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul elected on a ticket with Cuomo, and New York City Public Advocate Tish James headed for a win for attorney general against Republican Keith Wofford. Fundraising reports from the third quarter of 2018 cemented those fears as Democrats outraised Republican opponents in competitive House races.

Markets in Asia and Europe mostly rose on Wednesday, but analysts warned about the economic impact from gridlock on Capitol Hill left the two houses of Congress split between Democrats and Republicans.

The Democratic victory also proves that Republicans are far from invincible under Mr. Trump, a natural showman beloved by the GOP's grassroots but with more limited appeal in the cities and suburbs.

Mr Trump is not up for re-election until 2020, but Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president.

Democrats did succeed in holding on to Sen.

And in the Senate, triumphant Republicans retained control, ousting Democratic incumbents in IN and North Dakota and ensuring they will remain as guardians of Trump's conservative agenda for two more years. Since 1946, the president's party has lost an average of 25 House seats in midterm elections, according to Gallup. Most Democratic campaigns focused on health care and steered clear of the president.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. He played to his base, but his over-the-top rhetoric turned off so many people that Democrats managed to retake the House.

Voters also punished moderate Senate Democrats running in Trump-heavy states who opposed the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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