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Democrats projected to take control of House, as Trump calls night "tremendous success" — live election updates

Democrats projected to take control of House, as Trump calls night "tremendous success" â€" live election updates ...

Democrats projected to take control of House, as Trump calls night "tremendous success" â€" live election updates

  • CBSN

    CBS News projects Democrats will take the House, a change in Washington that will mean more gridlock for President Trump's agenda, and congressional investigations into the president, his businesses, and Cabinet members.

    Republicans are projected to keep control of the Senate.

  • Indicted Duncan Hunter projected to win reelection

    Sixty counts against incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter in California aren't stopping him from winning reelection. CBS News projects Hunter, who faces criminal charges for allegedly misusing campaign funds for personal use, will still keep his seat in the conservative San Diego area district.

  • Stacey Abrams says they'll make sure very vote is counted

    Democrat Stacey Abrams took the stage in Georgia early Wednesday morning, saying they'll make sure every single vote is counted. She is not conceding.

    Abrams, who won the support and campaign assistance of Oprah Winfrey, said this election has tested voters' faith. Some, she said, have worked hard to take their voices away and distract them.

    Georgia had a slew of voting issues on Tuesday, and her opponent, Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp, was accused of taking insufficient steps to protect voter security and access.

  • Arizona Senate result not expected tonight

    CBS News' Fin Gomez and Paula Reid report that the hotly contested Arizona Senate race may stretch out until Thursday. There are nearly one million early voting ballots in Arizona that were requested, but not submitted as of Monday.

    The state GOP chairman is set to speak at Republican Martha McSally's watch party to wrap for the night, as they do not expect a result tonight.

  • The race for top House positions begins

    South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the number three Democrat in the House and the highest-ranking African-American in the conference, will send a letter to colleagues announcing his intention to run for Democratic Whip. The position of whip is currently held by Rep. Steny Hoyer. Clyburn will not challenge party leader Nancy Pelosi or Hoyer for the top spot.

    CBS News reported earlier on Tuesday that Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond sent a letter pressing for African American representation in either the speaker of the House or majority leader position if either job becomes available or if there is a change in lea dership.

  • New York Democrats flip Republican House seats

    Democrat Antonio Delgado has defeated Republican Rep. John Faso, and Democrat Anthony Brindisi has defeated Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney.

    Along with Max Rose in Staten Island, this brings the number of House seats in New York which flipped to Democratic control up to three.

  • Trump calls Pelosi to congratulate her

    President Trump called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. to congratulate her, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill tweeted.

    Hammill said Mr. Trump acknowledged Pelosi's call for bipartisanship in her remarks.

  • Josh Hawley projected to defeat Claire McCaskill in Missouri

    CBS News projects Republican Josh Hawley will defeat Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

  • Abigail Spanberger projected to defeat Dave Brat in Virginia's 7th congressional district

    CBS News projects Democrat Abigail Spanberger will defeat Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Brat, a huge upset in Virginia's conservative 7th district.

    That district in Central Virginia hasn't had a Democrat represent it in decades.

  • Pelosi says Democrats will focus on health care, draining the "swamp" of special interests

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- who could again be Speaker of the House -- told supporters in Washington, D.C., that Democrats will focus on issues like health care and draining the "swamp" of special interests and dark money.

    Perhaps more importantly, Pelosi did not focus on how Democrats will investigate the president, and didn't bring up impeachment once.

    Pelosi thanked the "dynamic, diverse and incredible candidates who have taken back the House for the American people" and vowed to restore checks and balances to the Trump administration. The new Democratic majority, Pelosi said, would "lower the cost of health care, of prescription drugs, raise wages, and clean up corruption to work for all Americans."

    She also promised, "We will ha ve accountability and strive for bipartisanship with fairness on all sides" and a "bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong."We have all had enough of division," she said. "Americans want peace. They want results."

  • Democrat Laura Kelly defeats Kris Kobach in Kansas gubernatorial race

    CBS News projects Democrat Laura Kelly will win Kansas' gubernatorial race, a huge but not entirely unexpected blow for Republicans. She defeated Kris Kobach, an immigration hardliner who was endorsed by Mr. Trump.

  • Republican Leonard Lance loses in New Jersey House race

    Four-term incumbent Republican Rep. Leonard Lance has lost his bid to Democrat Tom Malinowski.

  • McConnell and Trump have spoken

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump spoke Tuesday night, a McConnell aide tells CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe.

    "The leader and the president had a great conversation tonight and he thanked the president for all his help," Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for McConnell said.

  • Despite House losses, Trump declares midterms a "tremendous success"

    President Trump took to Twitter for the first time Tuesday night to declare the evening a "tremendous success." He tweeted that with no mention of the House losses that, CBS News projects, will lead to Republican loss of the lower chamber.

    "Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" the president tweeted at 11:14 p.m.

  • Gillum concedes to DeSantis in Florida

    Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded the Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is a staunch supporter of President Trump.

  • Newsom, Feinstein projected to win in California

    CBS News projects that Gavin Newsom will win California's gubernatorial race, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein will win re-election.

    CBS News also projects that Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono wins re-election.

  • Several more Democrats flip House seats

    Several Democrats have flipped Republican-held seats. Mary Scanlon has won in Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, Conor Lamb has won in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District, Chrissy Houlahan took Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, Dean Phillips has won Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, and Sean Casten has won Illinois' 6th Congressional District.

  • Elaine Luria flips Virginia House seat

    Democrat Elaine Luria has defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District.

  • Jared Polis becomes first openly gay governor

    Democrat Jared Polis is projected to win the Colorado gubernatorial race, making him the first openly gay person to be elected governor.

  • Haley Stevens flips Michigan House seat

    Democrat Haley Stevens has defeated Republican Lena Epstein in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, which was previously held by Republican Rep. Dave Trott.

  • Colin Allred flips Texas House seat

    Former NFL player Colin Allred, a Democrat, has defeated Republican Rep. Pete Sessions in Texas' 32nd Congressional District.

  • Heitkamp defeated in North Dakota

    Democratic incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost to Republican Kevin Cramer in North Dakota. Heitkamp was one of the most endangered Democratic senators up for re-election this year. Her favorability dropped after she voted not to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Cruz holds onto Texas Senate seat

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz held onto his Senate seat, after facing an unexpectedly strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke. O'Rourke engaged the Democratic base in the state, as well as new voters. However, it wasn't enough for him to overtake Cruz.

  • Max Rose flips Staten Island seat

    Democrat Max Rose defeated Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan in New York's 11th Congressional District in an upset. The district contains Staten Island and a sliver of Brooklyn, and was the only district in New York City to vote for President Trump in 2016. Now, it has elected a Democrat to serve in Congress.

  • Democrat Jason Crow projected to win in Colorado's 6th district

    CBS News projects Democrat Jason Crow will win in Colorado's 6th congressional district, defeating Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and flipping another seat in favor of Democrats.

  • Democrat Mikie Sherrill projected to win in New Jersey's 11th district

    CBS News projects Democrat Mikie Sherrill will win in New Jersey's 11th congressional district, flipping yet another seat for Democrats. The district has been represented by a Republican since 1985.

  • Polls closed in Montana, Nevada, Utah and Iowa

    At 10 p.m., the polls have closed in Montana, Nevada, Utah and Iowa.

  • Mitt Romney projected to win Senate race in Utah

    CBS News projects Republican and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will win the Senate race in Utah.

  • Republican Carlos Curbelo concedes in Florida House race

    Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo has conceded in Florida, for yet another Democratic pickup, CBS News' Rebecca Kaplan reports. Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated him.

    Speaking in Miami, Curbelo called to congratulate Powell on her victory and offered to assist her in any way possible, according to CBS News' Alan He. He lamented the partisanship that has riven the country and called for this to be a "night for healing this country." He said, "No matter who wins, if we don't heal as a country, if we don't start respecting appreciating each other again, even when we disagree then it's not going to matter who wins elections in the future."

  • Texas exit polling results

    Voters in Texas are relatively split about what they think the most important problem is facing the country, according to exit polls. More than one-third of voters believe that health care is the most important problem and among them, more than two-thirds voted for Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

    Of the third of voters who believe that immigration is the most important problem, about three-quarters support Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Nearly a quarter of voters things the economy is the country's biggest problem, and among them, the majority voted for Mr. Cruz.

    Voters who believed that the nation's economy is in a good place supported Cruz, while those who felt the economy is poor supported O'Rourke. When asked whether tax laws passed last year affected their personal finances, t he majority who were affected positively supported Cruz and the majority affected negatively supported O'Rourke.

    Twenty-two percent of voters in Texas were voting in a midterm for the very first time. These voters leaned towards O'Rourke by 7 points, while return voters favored Mr. Cruz by 6 points.

    Young voters overwhelmingly supported O'Rourke, 71-29 percent. Voters ages 30-44 leaned towards him, 51-47. Voters over the age of 45 favored Cruz, 58-41.

    College graduates split their votes evenly between the two Senate candidates, while those without a degree voted for Cruz, 53-46 percent.

    White evangelicals favored Cruz with 83 percent of their votes, while those not in this group supported O'Rourke by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

    -- David Jones

  • Joe Manchin projected to keep Senate seat in West Virginia

    CBS News projects moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin will keep his Senate seat in West Virginia.

    Manchin was the only Democrat to vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Marsha Blackburn projected to win Senate seat in Tennessee

    CBS News projects Marsha Blackburn will win the Senate race in Tennessee. Blackburn has been running against Democrat Phil Bredesen.

    Bredesen was endorsed by Taylor Swift, but President Trump stumped for Blackburn in the days ahead of the election.

  • Democrats projected to win in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin

    CBS News projects that Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin have won re-election.

  • Mike Braun flips Democratic Senate seat in Indiana

    CBS News projects Republican Mike Braun has defeated Democrat Joe Donnelly in Indiana. Donnelly was considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in the Senate.

  • Menendez wins in New Jersey

    Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey has fended off an unexpected challenge from Republican Bob Hugin. Menendez was investigated earlier this year in a trial which ended in a mistrial earlier this year.

  • Andy Barr holds onto House seat in Kentucky

    CBS News projects that Republican Rep. Andy Barr narrowly won re-election in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, after facing an unexpectedly close race from Democrat Amy McGrath. CBS News estimates that Barr won by nearly three points.

  • Donna Shalala projected to flip House seat in Florida

    CBS News is projecting that Donna Shalala will win Florida's 27th Congressional District. This is a pick up for Democrats, as the seat was previously held by Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

  • Sherrod Brown projected to win in Ohio

    CBS News projects Sen. Sherrod Brown will win reelection in Ohio, an expected outcome, according to past polling.

    Brown's opponent is Republican Jim Renacci.

  • Several Democratic incumbent senators projected to win

    CBS News projects several incumbent Democratic senators along the Eastern Seaboard will win their races.

    CBS News projects Sen. Chris Murphy will win reelection in Connecticut; Sen. Tom Carper in Delaware; Sen. Ben Cardin will in Maryland; Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts; Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania; and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island.

    None of the races were competitive.

  • Jennifer Wexton projected to flip House seat in Virginia

    CBS News projects Democrat Jennifer Wexton will defeat Republican Barbara Comstock in Northern Virginia. This is the first seat projected to flip in the House.

  • NRCC head tells White House advisers to expect to lose 17-21 seats

    As of 4 p.m., National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers was telling White House advisers to expect for a net loss of 17-21 seats in the House, three sources tell CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett.

    That would still keep the GOP in the majority.

    In an email to Republicans, Stivers predicted that Republicans keep a slim majority.

    Stivers, Garrett reports, has always considered himself an optimist.

  • Bernie Sanders projected to win in Vermont

    CBS News projects Sen. Bernie Sanders will win reelection in Vermont.

    Sanders is an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

  • Tim Kaine projected to win Senate race

    CBS News projects that Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine will be the winner in the Virginia Senate race against Republican Corey Stewart.

    Stewart has long trailed Kaine in the polls.

  • Exit polls show Trump is a major factor in voters' decisions

    Early exit poll results suggest that President Donald Trump was a factor that significantly affected voting for the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. Nearly two-thirds of those voters said President Trump was a factor. One quarter of those casting a House ballot said they did so in part to support him. Four in ten said they cast a vote to oppose him. Only one-third said he played no role in their voting.


    Voters reported that their No. 1 issue in this election was health care -- mentioned by just under half of those surveyed. Health care was mentioned by almost twice as many voters as the next most common issue, immigration.


    The majority of white voters with a college degree, a key demographic in the midterm electio ns, said that Mr. Trump's immigration policies were too tough.

    CBS exit polling immigration

    David R. Jones, Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, City University of New York. Melissa J. Herrmann, President, SSRS contributed reporting

  • The current balance of power in the House


    The partisan breakdown of the outgoing House of Representatives on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

    Republicans have controlled the House of Representatives since 2011, following the 2010 tea party wave that swept dozens of GOP members into office. Here's the partisan breakdown of the House as it stands now:

    • Seats needed for a majority: 218
    • Current Republican members: 235
    • Current Democrats: 193
    • Vacancies: 7 (5 former Republicans, 2 former Democrats)
    • Competitive House seats aren't clustered by geography. There are several critical races all over the country, including Democrats vying for Republican seats in blue states such as California and New Jersey.

    Source: Google News US Entertainment | Netizen 24 United States

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