Democrats expected to take the House; GOP keeps control of the Senate

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Historically, first-term presidents lose House seats in a midterm election because those who oppose a president's policies are more motivated to vote than those who approve of a president's policies.

CBS News on Tuesday night projected Democrats would take control of the House of Representatives, delivering a major blow to President Trump and the GOP.

Anna Giaretelli from the Washington Examiner joined Larry Williams Drive to discuss the latest updates from the tight contest.

If Republicans maintain their hold on both the Senate and the House of Representatives, they could help President Donald Trump press on with his agenda.

Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz managed to fend off an unexpectedly strong challenge from Beto O'Rourke.

Trump's team immediately sought to give him credit for retaining their narrow Senate majority, even as their foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping. Marsha Blackburn triumphed in Tennessee.

Republicans entered the night commanding the Senate only narrowly, 51-49.

Tightly contested Senate races in Florida and West Virginia also were too close to call, as were high-profile races for governor in Ohio, Georgia, and Florida.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says the midterm elections are basically a referendum on Republican efforts to scrap Obamacare.

But Tuesday's elections remain noteworthy for the fact they generated unprecedented interest among voters keen to weigh in on the first two years of a presidency riven by angry anti-immigrant rhetoric, bitter political feuding and pointed personal attacks on the part of Trump himself.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

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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. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges.

Democrats also picked up a couple seats in Eastern Kentucky - Democrat Kathy Hinkle defeated Republican incumbent Jill York in the 96th district, and Democrat Ashley Laferty defeated incumbent GOP Rep. Larry Brown in the 95th district.

Democratic control of either chamber would also complicate the approval of the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement and snuff out any chance of securing funds for a wall on the southern border, which was Trump's signature campaign promise.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 presidential contender, and Democrat Sen.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs when polls opened. "It's about restoring the constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", Pelosi told a news conference.

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped.

Thirty-eight percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while 26 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.

Tuesday's elections also tested the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender, and especially education.

And Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in a key Senate battle in IN, a state Trump carried mightily in 2016.

In a closely watched governor's race in Florida, where it's been almost 25 years since a Democrat held the job, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum - aspiring to be the state's first African-American governor - conceded defeat in a taut battle with Republican challenger Ron DeSantis.

Democrats also had history on their side: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

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