Exit polls: Most Democrats want Donald Trump impeached

US midterm elections 2018 LIVE updates: Voting underway as Donald Trump faces litmus test

US midterm elections 2018 LIVE updates: Voting underway as Donald Trump faces litmus test

The flood of political donations from interest groups and individuals will make it the most expensive midterm ever, and early signs suggest voter turnout could be the highest in half a century.

"Of course it's motivation".

"The broad question I keep asking myself is, are we at a point of a fundamental change in the American party system", Ensley said.

In Orange County, Calif., William Moody cast his vote for Republicans, even while offering qualified support for Trump.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said. "The president is his own worst enemy with some of his remarks. We just can't let that happen, because it's un-American".

Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.

In contrast, Democrats have largely maintained a almost unwavering focus on health care in their closing message to voters.

The Associated Press called the very first US House race at 6:32pm, when Republican Hal Rogers safely won re-election in Kentucky's fifth congressional district.

Two other sources close to the White House said that Trump is already blaming retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan for what the President's team is billing as a bad night. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader who has helped pushed through Mr. Trump's judicial nominees.

Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat in Indiana, Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Republican Josh Hawley defeated Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

At Trump's pre-election rallies, large crowds have consistently cheered his rhetoric about strengthening the southern border, chanting "build the wall!"

"Republicans create jobs. Democrats create mobs", Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel tweeted. "I just feel like if I want to be part of the conversation on either side, I want to be able to say, 'Hey I voted'". And that is an invasion. Only 1-in-5 decided in the last month and even fewer said they made up their mind in the last few days or the last week. I don't care what the fake media says.

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

Tara Young campaigns for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous at John F. Kennedy High School polling place during the USA midterm elections, November 6, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. "You vote, you might save a life". Victories in contested House races across Florida, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota gave them cause for optimism.

But Democrats are on course to win the House of Representatives, which would deal a blow to the president's agenda.

Trump himself noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020. "I do think it is making an impact". He'd have to compromise with Democrats to get any legislation across the line.

"This particular year is an exception because of the anti-Trump feeling on the part of a lot of them". RealClearPolitics put Trump's average approval at 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

Voters agreed the economy was solid, with about two-thirds telling the exit polls they were satisfied.

Republicans do not have to defend as many vulnerable incumbents as Democrats in the midterms. Fueling their intensity has 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. The result of these midterms could shape America, and its political parties, for decades to come.

But for most voters, the elections were less about economic good times and more about Mr. Trump.

Democrats needed to gain two Senate seats to win a majority, assuming all their incumbents were re-elected, an unlikely outcome. But Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum failed in his bid to become the first black governor of Florida, conceding to Republican Ron DeSantis. If Democrats could capture the Republican-held seats in Arizona and Nevada and not lose any seats, they would obtain a narrow Senate majority.

Democrats face a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they are nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular.

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