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Several television networks, including the president's favorite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.

Democrats struck first in the battle for the House of Representatives, with Jennifer Wexton ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in a suburban Virginia district outside Washington, according to data provider DDHQ and U.S. media outlets.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded to his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, less than an hour after polls closed.

Referring to the President, a White House source said: "He is really angry about Ryan".

President Donald Trump implored his supporters to vote on Tuesday, saying the media will treat the midterm results as a referendum on his presidency.

"This is the single most important off-year election of my lifetime".

Meanwhile, some Democrat supporters admitted they were haunted by the spectre of 2016 when Mr Trump's triumph confounded the pundits and opinion polls which had predicted a Hillary Clinton victory.

What are the USA midterm elections?

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"But in four days, Florida, you can be a check on that kind of behaviour". Trump told the rally crowd in Macon, Georgia.

Why are voters so energised?

But as the 2020 race kicks off, Mr. Trump must decide whether the harsh rhetoric is still a winning formula or a softer tone is needed to attract crucial independent and cross-over voters.

Trump has sent thousands of soldiers to the Mexican border, suggested that migrants who throw stones at law enforcement officers should be shot, and made wild claims about the Democrats planning to turn the country into a crime-and-drugs black hole.

Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president's side.

The campaigns are canvassing neighborhoods and looking for people who still have not voted.

But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises.

What is happening with turnout?

The only two exceptions were Bill Clinton's Democrats during his second term in 1998, and four years later, when George W. Bush's Republicans gained seats in the aftermath of September 11. Immigration, the economy, women's rights issues, race and other cultural issues are weighing heavy on voters' minds.

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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".

Election officials say 34.3 million people have already voted and the real number is probably higher, according to the US Elections Project, a University of Florida-based information source. "'Don't worry about it, I'll just figure it out'".

"The atypical thing that we're seeing is high early vote activity in states without competitive elections or no statewide elections", McDonald said in a phone interview.

On top of that, there are races for the Governorship of 36 states, plus a bunch of smaller races that could re-shape USA politics for at least the next few years. In Florida and Georgia, Democrat candidates are hoping to become their states' first African American governors.

If Democrats capture the House, they could block Mr Trump's agenda and launch congressional investigations into aspects of Mr Trump's administration, from his tax returns to possible business conflicts of interest and the nature of his 2016 campaign's ties to Russian Federation. Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago. Joe Donnelly, and Marsha Blackburn won in Tennessee, according to CNN projections.

With results still coming in, Republicans had a chance to increase their majority in the Senate.

But even losing the House would be a blow for Mr Trump, as the situation would create a potential for legislative gridlock and even government shutdown. GOP House leadership elections are on track to take place the week after the midterm elections. US House of Representatives - similar to India's Lok Sabha - has 435 seats, of which the Republicans in the current Congress has 235 seats and the Democrats have 193.

Democrats need to gain 23 seats in order to regain the majority in the lower chamber, a position of power they haven't been in since 2010.

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