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US midterms: Democrats on track to take House, Republicans hold Senate

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were on track to capture control of the of Representatives, while would retain control of the and may even increase their majority, according to projections based on exit polls and early returns from Tuesdays midterm elections.

captured 13 Republican-held seats early, ejecting incumbents in the suburbs of Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C., reports

The wins moved them closer to taking the majority for the first time since 2011, when the "tea party" wave swamped in Barack Obama's first midterm elections.

By winning the House, Democrats will gain a powerful new pedestal to investigate Donald Trump's administration, his personal finances, and the hotels, golf courses and other businesses he still owns.

They were also likely to press for details about the 2016 election, asking whether Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government's efforts to sow misinformation and pro-Trump messages.

Meanwhile, the snuffed out Democrats' hopes of winning the The party seemed likely to increase its majority, by holding on to key seats in Florida, and and winning Democrat-held seats in and

In Florida, Republican defeated in the race for

Most recent polls had shown Gillum ahead.

The two parties each won important governorships, reports

In Michigan, a historic Democratic stronghold that the carried narrowly in 2016, voters chose Gretchen Whitmer, a former in the State

voters elected J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat and heir, over the embattled governor,

In other Senate races, Democrats won reelection in Ohio, and Pennsylvania, all states that Trump carried in 2016 on his way to a surprise election victory.

However, remain undecided in Arizona, and

All 50 states and went to the polls on Tuesday as and Democrats battle for control of the two houses of Congress, with experts saying that voter turnout could be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years, reported.

Americans were voting for all 435 seats in the of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate - the two bodies that make up Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 states.

To win congressional majorities, Democrats would need a net gain of 23 seats in the House and two seats in the Senate.

Trump's approval rating stood at 39 per cent in the latest poll.

Trump, who will complete his second year in the in January 2019, has campaigned non-stop in the midterm elections, focusing on states where his has a chance to pick up seats, especially in the US Senate.

The President has touted his administration's economic policies, which have resulted in strong economic growth, record job creation and low unemployment.



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 10:22 IST