Key US midterm races to watch - and when to watch them

President Donald Trump returns to the White House after campaigning

President Donald Trump returns to the White House after campaigning

Should he conclude that Trump committed a crime, a Democratic House could launch impeachment proceedings, but the process would likely come to a halt in a GOP-held Senate. Joe Manchin's battle to keep his seat in West Virginia, a state Trump carried by a mammoth 42 percentage points in 2016. Republicans now hold a 51-49 edge in Senate seats and are a strong favourite to retain control of the legislative body.

Now we're getting to the some of the nation's marquee races: the initial returns from the Texas US Senate race, plus four competitive US House races in New Jersey and another eight in Pennsylvania. The midterms have even been dubbed the "health care election".

The Democratic candidates for the five contested seats on the county board were able to maintain their leads as voting results slowly trickled in Tuesday night. Republicans flipped several Senate seats on Tuesday, with wins by Josh Hawley over Sen.

They could also, some have pointed out, introduce legislation to impeach the president. Bredesen had promised a bipartisan approach if elected and had won the endorsement of music star Taylor Swift. Heitkamp was hurt late in her campaign by an ad that mistakenly named some women as victims of sexual abuse.

The Democratic candidates were in two separate spots on Election Night - Isaac Hunter's Tavern and the Player's Retreat.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump told a crowd Monday in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican Brian Kemp, also secretary of state in Georgia, is running the election as well as running against Democrat Stacey Abrams. "That means that in order to take control of the House, Democrats will probably have to win the national vote by at least 5-6pp". Trump prevailed in IN by 19 points.

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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.

In Indiana's high-profile US Senate contest, Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly is seeking reelection against businessman and former legislator Mike Braun. Fueling their intensity have been Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and policies, his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Barack Obama and the #MeToo movement's fury over sexual harassment.

"Ever since President Trump has been in office, it has just been not the country that I am used to or that I thought I would be in", said Sarah Roth, 22, a Democratic voter from Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail.

If the Republicans win these key states, it's a vote of confidence for Trump.

Some voting problems reported Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, USA rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation received during early balloting. "On the substantive things beyond the manufactured outrage of all of the Kavanaugh and all of this sort of thing, in real substantive areas, there really is very little if any difference between the two parties", he said. With so much at stake, Trump campaigned in over a dozen states with Senate elections since Labor Day, visiting some multiple times. That was during Republican President Ronald Reagan's first term, when turnout among Democrats rose at twice the rate of increase among Republicans, according to Pew Research Center, resulting in a net gain of 26 seats for Democrats in the House.

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AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, highlighted the effect Trump was having on voters.

According to exit polling by CNN, two-thirds of voters said their vote in Tuesday's congressional election was about Trump, with more saying they were showing up at the polls to express opposition than support for the president.

In other results, Vermont independent Sen. "So we see it as a sign of great strength that we're talking about a path, even a narrow path, to a Senate Democratic majority".

Also victorious was Republican Mitt Romney, the vanquished 2012 GOP presidential candidate who grabbed the Utah seat being vacated by the retiring GOP Sen.

US President Donald Trump isn't on the ballot, but some see the midterms as a referendum of sorts on the controversial president.

Trump had fought hard before polling day, crisscrossing the country to claim that Democrats would introduce socialism and making incendiary attacks on illegal immigration that opponents denounced as racist.

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Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate. Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail. "I've never been so disappointed in my life".

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