First races called in 2018 midterm elections

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The first national elections since Trump captured the White House in a stunning 2016 upset will be a referendum on the polarizing Republican president and his hardline policies, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box.

The Democrats stand little chance of winning the Senate, but with this new breed of candidate they could take control of the house.

The Trump administration now holds power in all branches of government - the presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court - and if Democrats were to take back the House, they could put a pin in much of Trump's agenda.

With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation.

In his time in office, Mr Trump has pushed tax cuts through Congress and overseen a period of economic and jobs growth, but has failed so far to deliver on presidential campaign promises to replace the Obamacare healthcare law and build a wall on the Mexican border that he has said is needed to combat illegal immigration.

The result in Texas will say much about which way argument has worked best in these polarized times.

The projections are largely in line with polling ahead of election day on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), which predicted a split Congress, and would likely be a check on the president's agenda. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

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While a Democratic House would block some of Trump's plans, a GOP majority enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas.

President Donald Trump and his allies have been whipping up conservative voters in recent days, campaigning on the threat of a migrant caravan making its way to the United States, and boasting of the roaring economy.

Sanders' interview came before Democrats were projected to win the House, and at that time pointed out that the races were still early.

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Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.

For Democrats, the road to the majority ran through the two dozen suburban districts Clinton won and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago.

In Cleveland, Trump bashed DeWine's Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray, whom he declared "a bad person" who "has hurt a lot of people".

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"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it's about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at Democratic Party headquarters in Washington.

The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump's biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.

In Indiana's high-profile US Senate contest, Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly is seeking reelection against businessman and former legislator Mike Braun.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.

She was the nation's first female speaker.

Democrats face a daunting Senate map in the 2018 midterms and have been forced to defend 10 seats in states that President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, including North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri.

U.S. citizens will vote to select their preferred members of Congress, both for the House of Representatives and for the Senate, as well as state Governors and down-ballot positions such as local representatives and judges. And I think that some of the more radical leftist members of the House on the Democratic side are going to become committee chairs.