The Democrats in the age of Trump

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Democrats began to scent a big night in the United States midterm elections Tuesday with early results pointing to them seizing the House of Representatives from the Republicans in what would be a dramatic rebuke to President Donald Trump.

Some analysts have said that if the Democrats win control of the House and resist President Trump, it could end up helping Trump's re-election chances in 2020.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62 percent to 34 percent, up from 2014 when 54 percent backed Democrats and 36 percent supported Republicans.

And Florida has a competitive US Senate election, where Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has led Republican Governor Rick Scott by a few points.

Republicans entered Tuesday with strong prospects of keeping their Senate majority but the victory by GOP challenger Mike Braun over Sen. Republicans also managed to hold on to two contested Senate races.

MA has its first black congresswoman - Ayanna Pressley winning the state's seventh district.

A total of 155 Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts Trump won by double digits in 2016.

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But memories of Trump's shock 2016 election win are still fresh and strategists from both parties distrust the polls so no one can say for sure what will happen on what promises to be a long, tense night. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly defeated Democrat Beto O'Rourke in Texas and Republican Marsha Blackburn successfully defended Tennessee's open Senate seat.

In recent days, Mr Trump has accused Democrats of being "radical socialists who want to model America's economy after Venezuela", and said they wanted to invite "caravan after caravan of illegal aliens into our country".

Voters often sit out the midterms. If we do so, it will ensure Democratic control of the house will well endure beyond the next two years.

Voter turnout could be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years, experts predicted.

He is more popular in IN, where 53% of voters approved and 47% disapprove, according to the exit poll data. Four in 10 said they cast a vote to oppose him. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way.

U.S. stocks ticked higher in thin trading on Tuesday, as investors awaited the election results. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

By 11:30 p.m. Eastern, ABC was reporting Democrats had won 209 seats and Republicans 190 had been elected to the House, making it clear that there would be no "blue wave" as Democrats had been promising for months.

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A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

The Democrats now control the lower house for the first time in eight years.

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.

"After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have made a decision to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible", a spokesperson for the network said in a email. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

Critics, including members of Trump's own party, have condemned the commercial as racially divisive.

Sanders' interview came before Democrats were projected to win the House, and at that time pointed out that the races were still early. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

"I don't know what the final result tonight will be, but the fact that we've had even a narrow path to winning the Senate is a testament to the hard work you've put in over the past two years", said Sen.

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