Trump dealt huge blow in US House

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Democrats were able to wrestle control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, while Republicans maintained their majority in the Senate

Democrats have seized the House of Representatives in a midterm election seen as the biggest test of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The weeks leading up to the crucial vote has seen the US marred by pipe bombs, a politically charged mass shooting and a caravan of immigrants heading towards the border.

The midterms were reported to have one of the biggest turnouts by voters in decades.

And Democrats were able to wrestle control of the House after eight years of Republican control.

But things didn’t all go their way, with the Republicans retaining control of the Senate.

Ahead of the vote, the president has sought to put himself front and centre despite not being on the ballot.

“I’m not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket because this is also a referendum about me,” he told his supporters in Southaven, Mississippi.

“I want you to vote. Pretend I’m on the ballot.”

Trump campaigned mostly on fear – backed up with some downright fabrications.

His central message was once again anti-immigration and the much-talked-about caravan he said was going to ‘invade’ the US.

He threatened to deploy troops to the Mexico border and said barbed wire ‘could be a beautiful thing’.

He also claimed that Republicans wanted to protect pre-existing conditions on healthcare coverage – a shameless lie given that his own government is currently battling through the courts in an attempt to remove them.

And the message didn’t work. Exit polls said 41% of Americans chose healthcare as their number one issue, followed by immigration and then the economy.

It appears in the wake of Obamacare the voters trust the Democrats with their healthcare more than Trump and the Republicans.

Does Trump have a new target?

Even when Republicans controlled the Senate and the House, Trump still directed anger towards the legislative work of congress and failure to pass the few its of wafer-thin policy he attempted to promote.

But the focus of Trump’s ire has been the media – who he has frequently dubbed ‘the enemy of the people’.

But now, with a Democratic-led House, Trump has a new target-rich environment to blame – and we know how he loves mocking the returning Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

It could be a long two years for the Trump administration.

Record number of women elected to the House of Representatives

A record number of women have been elected to the US house of representatives, nearly two years after women took to the streets across America in protest over the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The incoming class of legislators could have a stark impact on politics in the nation’s capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Mr Trump’s first term.

Voters are on track to send at least 99 women to the house, surpassing the previous record of 84. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the house as major-party candidates this year.

Midterm elections: Why Democrat control of the US House spells trouble for Trump

Democrats rode a blue wave of dissatisfaction with Donald Trump to win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the US midterm elections.

Control of the House gives Democrats the opportunity to block the President’s agenda and puts his administration under the microscope.

Nearly very aspect of Trump’s presidency will face examination – from his long-elusive tax returns to possible business ties with Russia and conflicts of interest.

At last count, Democrats had gained a net 14 of the 23 Republican-held seats needed to capture a majority.

West Wing ‘braced for the Mueller storm’

Special counsel Robert Mueller has gone quiet over recent weeks – reportedly out of a fear of influencing the midterm elections.

But is has taken just a few hours, with some votes still being counted, for the White House to fear the return of Mr Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

Trump has called it a ‘witch hunt’. But now, with the House of Representatives controlled by the Democrats, it’s unlikely to go anywhere fast.

Vanity Fair reports:

Sources say Trump advisers are girding themselves for Mueller to deliver the results of his investigation to the Justice Department as early as Wednesday, although it’s more likely he’ll wait till later this month. Sources say besides the president, the ones with the most exposure are Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr.

“I’m very worried about Don Jr.,” said another former West Wing official who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Democrats seize control of House of Representatives

It is confirmed!

The Democrats have secured 218 seats needed to gain control of US House and with it they now have the power to investigate Trump and shape a policy agenda. Just how big the result will be remains to be seen….

But Democrats are not quite popping the champagne courts the Republicans are set to increase their majority in the Senate, which is also referred to as the ‘upper house’.

Trump has already attempted to seize on that in an effort to control the news agenda.
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Today is the first day in history the US has elected more than 100 women to the House.

Perhaps the so-called #BlueWave has not delivered but the #FemaleWave has been a success.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won New York’s 14th congressional district (Image:
Speaker Paul Ryan speaks on the Republican losses

Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan, who announced he would step down from the role in any event, has spoken about the losses his party has suffered in the House of Representatives.

He said:

“A party in power always faces tough odds in its first midterm election. It is always hard to see friends and good colleagues work so hard and fall short.

“Yet I’m proud of the campaign that our members and candidates ran in a challenging political environment.”

One wonders if that ‘challenging political environment’ has anything to do with Donald Trump and his at-times scathing rhetoric towards Ryan despite being members of the same party.

Democratic governor candidate refuses to concede

Despite the overall view of success for the Democratic Party, it’s not been the best of nights for their high-profile heavy hitters.

Beto O’Rourke gave Ted Cruz a tougher fight than any pundit could have predicted but despite several glowing profiles and national media attention the three-time congressmen could not unseat his opponent.

Andrew Gillum, running for governor of Florida, lost to his Republican opponent as well.

Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia Stacey Abrams has said she will not concede victory until “every single vote” is counted.

Republican opponent Brian Kemp leads by about 100,000 votes with 99.95% precincts reporting.

She told her supporters in the early hours of Wednesday:

“I am here today to tell you there are votes remaining to be counted. Voices are waiting to be heard.

“Across our state folks are opening up the dreams of voters and absentee ballots and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach.

“But, we cannot seize it until all voices are heard and I promise you tonight we’re going to make sure that EVERY vote is counted.”

Democratic gains in presidential battleground states

Daniel Dale, a White House reporter for the Toronto Star, notes that “Democrats have won the Senate and governor races in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the states that narrowly put Trump over the top in 2016.

“Democrats also dominated two Senate races and the governor race in Minnesota, Great Lakes state where Trump almost pulled off an upset.”

But in Florida, dubbed ‘the swingiest of swing states’, the governorship has stayed in Republican hands.

There will be a lot of pundits reading into the swing state results especially and what it might mean for the 2020 Presidential election.

But it’s important to remember, beyond all the bloviating, Trump’s name was not on any ballot. Yes, it’s being seen as a referendum on his presidency so far but the results are far from a definitive striking down of Trump or Trumpsim.
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Brothel-owner Dennis Hof wins Nevada election… despite being dead

Republican Dennis Hof is set to win a seat in the Nevada state assembly – despite being dead for three weeks.

Hof, the owner of several legal brothels in rural Nevada, died at his Love Ranch, in Crystal, on October 16.

Despite his death he was still widely predicted to win his seat – and so it has proven.

Investigations set to be launched into Trump White House

The House loss meant Trump will face investigations into his tax returns, his businesses and his administration by Democratic

His legislative agenda, including a vague proposal for a middle-class income tax cut, is likely stalled.

At his watch party, Trump was upbeat. He tweeted: “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”

One adviser said, however, that the president was probably not prepared for the onslaught of investigations that Democrats were likely to launch.

“I don’t think he fully comprehends what this means by giving the gavel to (Democratic House leader) Nancy Pelosi and her cronies,” the adviser said, asking to remain unidentified.
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Advisers think Donald Trump doesn’t appreciate what will happen now the Republicans have lost the House (Image: Getty)

Former US Vice President Joe Biden is the early leader for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day opinion poll found, in a field likely to quickly take shape as candidates seek to challenge Republican President Donald Trump.

Biden received 29% of the support.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, finished second in the hypothetical field with 22 percent.

The rest of the poll was tied between Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California.
Joe Biden is the front runner

Trump agrees that Republicans ‘owe him their political career’

Ever one to be humble, Trump has now taken to bragging even in DEFEAT.

He’s clearly thrilled with the fact the Senate has stayed red but Trump is doubling down on the belief that Republicans ‘owe him their career’.

I wonder if he’ll say that to all their candidates for the House of Representatives who are now looking for work?

The tweet: “@DavidAsmanfox “How do the Democrats respond to this? Think of how his position with Republicans improves-all the candidates who won tonight. They realize how important he is because of what he did in campaigning for them. They owe him their political career.” Thanks, I agree!”
Even in defeat, Trump is smug
Don’t let being dead slow you down…

Republican Dennis Hof, the owner of several legal brothels in rural Nevada, died at his Love Ranch, in Crystal, on October 16, just three weeks shy of Election Night in his campaign, for State Assembly in Nevada’s Thirty-sixth District.

And guess what?

He’s currently comfortably beating Lesia Romanov with 68% of the votes so far to 32%.

If Hof wins posthumously which now appears all-but-certain commissioners from the three counties composing the district—Nye, Lincoln, and Clark—will appoint a representative from the same party.
Voters cast their ballots in the 2018 midterm general election at Jack Dailey Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada
Michigan says ‘yes’ to marijuana

It’s not just the House and Senate Americans have been voting on.

There are a number of other issues which have gone to the polls.

Voters in Michigan have approved a proposal to make recreational cannabis use legal. The measure will allow adults over 21 to possess, grow and use small amounts legally and should be rolled out later this month.

It makes them the 10th state nationally, and first in the mid-west, to do so.

Marijuana is legal in 30 states, including Michigan, for medical reasons.

There is no federal drug policy on marijuana – although Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not a fan.
Marijuana, in small amounts, is set to be legalised in Michigan
And here comes the spin…

Trump is going to lean hard on his victory in the Senate – where it is currently projected Republicans will increase their majority. He appears to be largely ignoring the losses in the House.

Would you like an interesting fact? The last sitting president whose party gained seats in the Senate but lost seats in the House of Representatives was Richard Nixon in 1970.

His presidency didn’t end too well.

Trump tweets a glowing endorsement: “There’s only been 5 times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President has won seats in the Senate in the off year election. Mr. Trump has magic about him. This guy has magic coming out of his ears. He is an astonishing vote getter & campaigner. The Republicans are unbelievably lucky to have him and I’m just awed at how well they’ve done. It’s all the Trump magic – Trump is the magic man. Incredible, he’s got the entire media against him, attacking him every day, and he pulls out these enormous wins.”

Ben Stein, “The Capitalist Code”
This man has ‘magic coming out of his ears’
What does this means for the Trump presidency?

Before yesterday the Republicans had control of all three branches of government in the USA – that is the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.

Despite this Trump wasn’t able to achieve any major victories in terms of policy – bar a tax cut.

But he did get two conservative Supreme Court justices onto the bench, something his supporters have lauded.

What now?

The Democrat-led House of Representatives is expected to take the gloves off and begin to launch investigations and subpoenas into the White House going after, among other things Trump tax returns, and other accusations of impropriety.

And Robert Mueller’s investigation, which continues to lurk in the background, has been quiet in recent weeks in an effort not to swing the midterms.

It’s thought there could be more indictments or at the very least announcements between now and Christmas.
Nancy Pelosi will be back as Speaker of the House of Representatives
Trump calling tonight a ‘victory’

The spin is already well underway in the White House with Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway both pointing to ‘historic’ Senate results.

But it’s been a painful night in the House of Representatives – there is no getting away from it.

Nancy Pelosi is back as Speaker of the house and Trump has had some not-so-choice words about her and her agenda at his campaign rallies.

Trump succeeded in the Senate at the states he visited in his last few days before the vote – but they were all leaning his way anyway.
Trump is going to try and spin the midterms as a victory
The year of the woman

More women than ever before have been voted into the House of Representatives.

The biggest gains are among the Democrats.

Among them is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country.
Jennifer Wexton
High estimated turnout

The New York Times is reporting a huge estimated turnout for a midterm election.

The paper has estimated that 114 million votes were cast in the House, compared to 83 million in 2014.
Beto O’Rourke: “I am forever changed”
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Defeated Beto O’Rourke signs off in style after narrowly missing out on Senate seat
First Muslim women elected into Congress

Voters in Minnesota and Michigan elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress.

One a former refugee who fled Somalia’s civil war, the other a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

The victories by the two Democrats -Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – came on an election night when members of multiple minority groups had a chance to score electoral firsts.
Ilhan Omar
Ted Cruz holds party after keeping his seat in the Senate
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Ted Cruz holds off challenge by O’Rourke in Texas
Why Democrat control of the House spells trouble for Trump

Democrats rode a blue wave of dissatisfaction with Donald Trump to win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the US midterm elections.

Control of the House gives Democrats the opportunity to block the President’s agenda and puts his administration under the microscope.

Nearly very aspect of Trump’s presidency will face examination – from his long-elusive tax returns to possible business ties with Russia and conflicts of interest.
Trump and his presidency will be put under intense scrutiny

Democratic leaders have made clear they will not pursue Trump’s impeachment – at least until the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

At last count, Democrats had gained a net 14 of the 23 Republican-held seats needed to capture a majority.

Read more about why Democrat control of the House could spell trouble for Trump.
Polls closed in Hawaii

Polls have now shut in the furthest-West state. Voting is also set to close in Alaska some time between now and 6am GMT (1am EST).
Democrat Gillum speaks after defeat in Florida gubernatorial race
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Andrew Gillum addresses fans after narrowly missing out on Florida governorship
Nancy Pelosi speaks as Democrats take control of the House

Nancy Pelosi has spoken as the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

The Democratic leader in the House said the result will be about “restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances on the Trump administration.”

She also called for unity after the election, and said Democrats would be willing to pursue a bipartisan agenda in a country that she said “has had enough of division”.
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Nancy Pelosi declares House victory for Democrats in huge blow for Trump
Colorado’s new Democratic governor takes the stage
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Polis becomes the first openly gay governor in the USA
Trump claims ‘massive success’ in Midterms

Donald Trump has claimed victory in the Midterms, after Republicans retained control of the US Senate.
He tweeted: “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”

Polls closed in California

Democrats are hoping to pick up a few seats in the House in this traditionally blue state. Polls have also now closed in Washington, Oregon and North Dakota.
Andrew Gillum defeated in Florida governor race

Democrat Andrew Gillum has been defeated in the Florida Governor race.

The Tallahassee lost to Republican Ron DeSantis.

Democrats take control of Unites States House

CNN are projecting that the Democrats have taken control with a majority in the United States House of Representatives.
House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi
Taylor Swift effect fails to flip Tennessee

The so-called Taylor Swift effect failed to flip Tennessee as the Democrats’ candidate for the Senate lost to Republican Marsha Blackburn.

Swift had broken her long-held silence on political matters to announce she would be voting for Phil Bredesen in her home state in the US midterm elections.
Taylor Swift said she could not support Marsh Blackburn

The popstar said Blackburn’s voting record on issues such as LGBT rights “appals and terrifies me”, adding she would like to support women in office but “I cannot support” Blackburn.

Following Swift’s intervention in October, voter registrations spiked.
Blackburn is the first female to represent the state in the Senate

But it failed to stop staunch conservative Blackburn taking the Senate seat after she beat Bredesen on Tuesday.

Blackburn is the first female to represent the state in the Senate.
Republicans hold Senate

The Republicans have maintained the majority in the United States Senate in a big win for President Donald Trump.

The result will be a relief for the GOP, with the Democrats poised to win control of the House of Representatives.

Ted Cruz holds Texas

Republican Ted Cruz has reportedly held on to his Senate seat in Texas.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke had been bidding to become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from the deeply conservative state in three decades.

O’Rourke had raised a record $61.8 million during his campaign, almost twice his rival’s $35.1 million.

But he significantly trailed Cruz in opinion polls for most of the year.
Cruz had been mocked by Trump during the 2016 Presidential race as ‘Lyin’ Ted’.

But the pair seemed to reconcile when Trump was elected President, with the Don later calling Cruz “Beautiful Ted”.
Florida and Georgia governors’ races still too close to call

Battles for governor in Georgia and Florida pitting liberal black Democrats against white Republicans supported by Donald Trump remain too close to call.

In Georgia, Stacey Abrams is vying to become the nation’s first black female governor. The 44-year-old Georgia politician and Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, would also be the first black governor in each of their states.
Stacey Abrams

Abrams and Gillum, 39, tested a new liberal path in Southern states where traditional, centrist Democrats have repeatedly lost. They sought to rally greater numbers of young voters and minorities, who typically favor Democrats but often sit out elections in years when a presidential vote is not held.
Andrew Gillum

Trump’s reputation was on the line after his endorsements helped Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and former Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida clinch the Republican nominations for their states’ open gubernatorial seats.

Accusations of race-baiting have dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40. They deny the charges.
Youngest woman elected to Congress in historic first

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman elected to Congress aged 28.

Democrats poised to win control of U.S. House

Democrats are poised to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Fox News Channel reports.

It did not project the margin of victory or elaborate immediately on the basis for its projection.
Big win for the Republicans in Tennessee
Joe Manchin projected win for Democrats in West Virginia Senate race

Democrat Joe Manchin will win the Senate race in West Virginia, according to ABC News Politics.
Stay in line!

In a surging, possibly record, turnout for midterm elections, long lines and long average wait times have been reported as Americans cast their vote.

Candidates and celebrities alike have urged voters not to be put off by long lines and stay put to cast their ballot.

New York, Georgia, Arizona and Texas are among the states said to have had lengthy waiting times for voters while malfunctioning equipment caused problems elsewhere.

The hashtag #StayInLine was trending Twitter on Tuesday evening as voting went down to the wire.
Tight race for Florida governor
Reports of voting machine failure

There have been “sparse” reports of voting technology failures in Tuesday’s elections, but so far they have had no significant impact in preventing people from voting.

Earlier, a coalition of more than 100 groups that set up a national hotline for reporting polling irregularities told journalist that problems with voting machines had been reported in at least 12 states by noon on Tuesday.

There were long waits at some polling stations and technology issues forced some voters to cast provisional ballots.

The reports were scattered across the United States, and it was not clear early Tuesday afternoon whether difficulties in any area had potential to swing the dozens of close races for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and governor of various states.
Innocent man who spent 30 years on death row casts his vote

A former death row inmate who spent 30 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit has voted in the US midterm elections.

Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongfully convicted of murdering two fast food workers in Alabama in 1985 before being freed in 2015.

On Tuesday the 62-year-old cast his vote as America went to the polls.

A tweet from the Equal Justice Initiative shared a picture of a laughing Mr Hinton with an ‘I Voted’ sticker on his forehead.

The image was captioned: “For 30 years, Mr. Hinton was stripped of all his rights while he sat on Alabama death row for a crime he didn’t commit. “Today, he arrived at the polls at 7am and exercised his right to vote.” Mr Hinton shared the story of his fight for freedom in his book The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.
Second flip for Florida

The Democrats have flipped their second seat of the night as Donna Shalala will win in Florida’s 27th District.
Donna Shalala (Image: REUTERS)
Seats projected to flip in House of Representatives

U.S. voters on Tuesday went to the polls in congressional elections for all 435 seats of the House of Representatives.

The Democratic Party needs to pick up 23 seats to wrest control of the chamber from the Republican Party.

The following is a tally of seats that will change parties, based on projections from media outlets and data provider DDHQ.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has taken an early lead in Texas with 58% over Republican Ted Cruz with 13% of the votes counted.
The transgender, Muslim and other minority candidates hoping to make history

The US midterm elections prompted a surge of candidates from minority groups that have not had electoral success in the past.

Several have the potential to be the first of their background elected to office today.

There are two women running with the potential to become the first female Muslim member of Congress – Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota.
Ilhan Omar in Minnesota

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is locked in a tight race with Brian Kemp to lead the southern state.

If she wins, Abrams would be the nation’s first female African-American governor.

In Vermont, Christine Hallquist is running as a Democrat and would be the nation’s first openly transgender governor.
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Christine Hallquist 00:40
Bey for Beto

Singer Beyonce, a Texas native, has made it clear who has her vote.
Ok, so who is Beto O’Rourke?

One of the key races in the US midterm elections will be fought in Texas, as the Democrats seek to oust Republican Ted Cruz and turn the red state blue.

Beto O’Rourke is bidding to become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from the deeply conservative state in three decades.

Robert Francis O’Rourke was born in El Paso on September 26, 1972, a fourth-generation Irish American.

He was nicknamed ‘Beto’, a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in ‘berto’ to distinguish him from his namesake grandfather.
Beto O’Rourke is eyeing the Texas Senate seat (Image: MICHAEL WYKE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The former punk rocker and three-term U.S. congressman captured the national spotlight amid momentum of the Democratic ‘blue wave’.

Read more about how Beto could be the Democrats brightest hope here.
Rainbow over the Capitol

Is this a premonition for the results to come?

First polls close

The first polls began to close in parts of Indiana and Kentucky on Tuesday evening in the US.

The remainder of the polling locations in Indiana and Kentucky, and in half a dozen other states, will close in another hour or so.

But it could be hours before the winners are determined in dozens of tight races that will decide control of the House of Representatives and Senate.
The polls have started to close
How could the midterms impact Trump?

While Donald Trump isn’t up for election himself, the result of the midterms could mark a pivotal turn in his presidency.

Without Republican control of both chambers of Congress, Democrats can effectively veto or block bills from being brought to the floor.

Trump and the Republican party would need to gather bipartisan support for anything they want to make into law, meaning US politics could get bogged down in a stalemate.
The midterm results could spell trouble for Trump

Democratic control of the House of Representatives or Senate would likely mean no border wall for Trump and more government shutdowns as the political process grinds down to a halt.

There are also whispers of impeachment – although that requires a two thirds majority in the Senate.
The key races to watch

Voters are choosing 35 of the 100 Senate seats, 36 of 50 state governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives.

It will be their first big chance since 2016 to pass judgement on the Republican President’s angry steamroller leadership style.

And more importantly, Democrats want to wrest back control of the House and the Senate from Republicans.
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Voters cast their ballots

Bookies have widely tipped the Republicans to hold the Senate, but say they have a good chance of losing the House.

That would loosen, ever so slightly, President Trump’s grip on authority – and could limit his abilities in the second half of his term.

So which states and which races will be the ones to watch?

All eyes will be on Texas where Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke is hoping to oust Republican Ted Cruz.

In Florida, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is fighting off a challenge from Republican Rick Scott in what Politico dubbed the most expensive Senate fight of the Midterms.

Read more here.
What do the midterm elections decide?

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, so 218 seats are needed to win a majority.

According to Swing Left, there are 84 districts across the United States that could vote either way.

Democrats need to flip just 23 seats to take back the House, but they must also hold on to their own from Republican contenders.
Nightfall in Washington DC on election day
What are the midterms?

The US midterm elections are held every four years and occur in the middle of each presidential term with the main prize at play control of both houses in Congress: the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Combined with the presidency, they are the three branches of federal government in the US.

At the moment the Republicans have control of both, albeit with a razor thin 51-49 majority in the Senate.
U.S. Capitol Building