And finally, we honestly never expected that historically red South Dakota would end up in the tossup column on the eve of the 2018 election - or any election, for that matter.
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.
Democrats are favoured by election forecasters to pick up the minimum of 23 House seats they need for a majority, which would enable them to stymie Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.
"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi told cheering Democrats at a Washington victory party, saying House Democrats would be a check on Trump. Our most fervent supporters hope that we will use our newly found control to investigate nearly everything that the Trump administration has done.
Democrats picking up the House effectively slows Trump's presidency to a legislative crawl, while Republicans will point to their gains in the Senate to say voters still prefer their stark vision of governance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is widely expected to remain atop the conference, with Sen.
Tuesday's result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star who campaigned for fellow Republicans on increasingly hostile anti-immigrant rhetoric and was accused of inciting violence in recent weeks.
Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.
A Republican victory in both chambers of Congress would be a validation for Trump's polarizing style, a month after he solidified a conservative majority on the Supreme Court when the Senate confirmed his nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a fight over sexual misconduct accusations against the jurist. The strategy was well tailored to turn out voters for House seats.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin won a hotly contested race in conservative West Virginia, and conservative Marsha Blackburn held a Senate seat for Republicans.
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While the European Union has refused to accept a backstop that does have a time-limit. But Downing Street has reportedly dismissed the report as "speculation".
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Other countries are known to share Mr Trump's frustration in regard to Chinese trade but he has few supporters in his approach. Chinese authorities have claimed that over 3,000 companies from over 130 countries are participating in the expo.
Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.
The event brought Obama back together with Kaine, a former Virginia governor who was among the first elected officials in the nation to endorse his presidential campaign in 2008.
Mr. Trump led the Republican National Committee to a massive cash advantage over the Democratic National Committee - though that was the only area where the GOP led.
McAdams also noted the silence on the Russian Federation issue - though he believes it proves that Democrats have never believed their own claims in the first place. Now, in a year that has been defined by the political awakening and activism of women, Election Day is testing whether those women will reach record-breaking numbers in Congress and in governor's mansions across the country. By contrast, there are no Democratic-held seats leaning toward the Republicans. First, potential voters favor Democrats by 8-9pp in socalled generic ballot polls. If we do so, it will ensure Democratic control of the house will well endure beyond the next two years.
"In my mind there is no way that thousands and thousands of people wait in line for 12, 16 hours at a time to go see the president to hear a message from him and then don't follow his instructions to get out and vote", said Trump.
Now that it is clear that the Democrats will control the House, it is incumbent upon us to demonstrate that we can do something to pass serious legislation.
It also, however, almost closes the door on Democratic hopes to retake the Senate.
The exceptions to Trump's key state approval come in Nevada, Wisconsin and Texas, where his approval is slightly under 50% and more closely mirrors the national view. Left-leaning OH "populist" Democrat Sherrod Brown, thought initially to be vulnerable in a state that Trump carried by eight points, was quickly called the victor over Republican congressman and Trump buddy Jim Renacci soon after the polls closed.
A Reuters analysis of the past half century showed stocks fared better in the two calendar years after congressional elections when Republicans control Congress and the presidency than when Democrats controlled the two branches, and at least as well as during times of gridlock.
"All across the country, what I'm seeing is a great awakening", he said.