For about a decade, the Republicans have been hoping for unified control of the government and for the chance to become a party that can actually enact significant legislation in Washington. If the early trend holds, the Republicans would maintain control, which would give them power over both chambers of Congress for another two years. There were three vacancies.
K-12 education funding has caused friction between Democrats and Republicans in the chambers for years, even holding up adjournment in the past. Interestingly, Reagan gained members in the Senate and the House in the 1982 midterm elections.
Jackson said despite the gain, Democrats still have a healthy majority.
Four years ago, 68.4 percent of the registered voters cast ballots in the presidential-year election.
The Republicans will keep the majority in the Senate, but it will be a narrow majority.
Democratic control remains in the House with a 79-72 majority.
Republicans appear to have made a small gain in the House of Representatives, but that picture could change as results continued to trickle in Wednesday afternoon.
Senators serve six-year terms.
George H.W. Bush is the exception to this rule; the single-term president won without a majority in either the House or the Senate, and the economy, combined with his broken promise not to increase taxes, helped to fuel the rise of President Bill Clinton.
The 2018 midterm elections are much more hard for Democrats than Republicans.
Incumbent Sen. Tom Cullerton has a slight lead over his Republican challenger Seth Lewis in a seat that includes parts of DuPage County, just south of O'Hare Airport (District 23).
"It was pretty rough for a while", Marcellino said of the race, which stayed close as the votes came in Tuesday.
But the most unexpected victory for Republicans was in Wisconsin, where GOP Sen.
Republicans won in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida and North Carolina.
In Louisiana, there were 24 candidates vying to fill the open seat of retiring Republican Sen. Pat McCrory, but the Republican incumbent told his supporters "the election is not over" while citing some still uncounted votes. Marc Panepinto, who retired.
Democrats so far have picked up only one Senate seat, in IL, where current Rep. Tammy Duckworth unseated incumbent Republican Sen. Duckworth has already created a national image for herself as a fiery double-amputee war veteran. Marco Rubio beat Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, giving Rubio a platform from which he could mount another bid for president in 2020.
If the unofficial results hold through a count of absentee ballots and a recanvassing of votes, the Republicans will have pulled a master stroke by strengthening their last bastion of power in the state with a 2-to-1 Democratic enrollment advantage and Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket.
Trump visited the state twice, first during the state's primary at a rally in Albuquerque that erupted in violence and then again October 30 at an Albuquerque airplane hangar after a poll showed him within 5 percentage points of winning the state. She said one race, the District 121 race between Democrat Robert Duchesne and Republican Gary Drinkwater in the Hudson area, was too close to call. Ayotte had a 1.5 percentage point lead over Hassan in polls between October 28 and November 6, RealClearPolitics said.
Republicans pulled off ties in the state senates in both CT and DE, which were formerly Democratic trifecta states.
North Carolina - Republican Senator Richard Burr, 60, is seeking re-election against Democrat Deborah Ross, 53.
Voters chose a Democrat to be the state's next secretary of state, electing Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver to lead an agency shaken by scandal. He didn't campaign with the nominee and withdrew his endorsement when a 2005 tape of Trump making lewd comments about kissing and groping women surfaced last month.
Democrats are not ready yet, though, to concede the Senate to the GOP. Strickland failed to unseat Republican incumbent Rob Portman.
Republicans will command the House for two more years as Donald Trump's astounding White House triumph helped them keep their record-sized majority almost intact. Toomey has refused to take a position on Trump.