As voters headed to the polls Tuesday for one the most closely watched midterm elections in recent history, one thing was clear: the enthusiasm of House Democratic leaders.
Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.
During his final campaign rallies in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, Mr Trump returned to his key campaigning issues, including insisting that Democrats would damage the economy and allow more illegal immigration.
He warned supporters on the telephone town hall to vote because "the press is very much considering it a referendum on me and us as a movement".
The outcome has serious stakes for the president.
There are dozens of competitive races across the country that will determine control of the House, Senate and governors' seats.
FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver is giving Democrats an 86 percent chance of retaking the House. First among them would be a potentially bitter leadership fight in the House to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan.
The event brought Obama back together with Kaine, a former Virginia governor who was among the first elected officials in the nation to endorse his presidential campaign in 2008. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade. If Republicans hold their ground, stocks could gain further, with hopes of more tax cuts ahead. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate. "But I have never seen such an enthusiastic Republican Party".
Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, November 5, 2018, in Renton, Washington. She was expected to lose to political newcomer Jennifer Wexton. "Because, man, they gave a lot of people a lot of reasons to be mad", he said.
Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.
Republicans were also being challenged outside Norfolk, where Rep. Scott Taylor faced Elaine Luria in the GOP stronghold. In a White House speech, the president said he would sign an order preventing border-crossers from claiming asylum, a legally questionable proposition, and said he'd told military troops he's mobilising to the border to respond to thrown rocks like they were "rifles".
In Texas, early voting has exceeded the entire turnout in 2014. Days later, an avid Trump supporter was arrested for mailing pipe bombs to prominent critics of the president, all of whom Trump routinely derides as "evil" and "un-American".
U.S. stocks opened flat on Tuesday as investors awaited the election results.
All of the major 2016 election polls pointed toward Hillary Clinton winning the presidency. Along with these, a host of local posts are also up for elections in various states.
He voted for a Democrat to unseat his GOP Congressman. State Sen. Scott Wiener, who co-wrote the bill, is a San Francisco Democrat.
The Republicans, however, enjoyed a four-in-five chance of retaining control of the Senate, according to the website. Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor, was favored for a suburban Newark seat that became open after the sudden retirement of the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
"Nearly half of voters felt their financial situation is the same as it was two years ago". "This is not what we expected the final weeks of the election to focus on".
Another key House race is in California, where Democrat Harley Rouda is seeking to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in Republican bastion Orange County.
So the first problem is that we assumed Clinton would win even though the data was telling us it was not a sure thing. "That means we may not know the victor for days".