Still, other sectors that could have been expected to benefit strongly from a Trump presidency have lagged.
Goodstein, however, still believes that Trump "is uniquely disfavored" and numerous voters who strongly disapprove of Trump will take to the polls, allowing the Democrats to regain the House of Representatives.
Republicans enjoy a slim 51-49 edge in the Senate and are favored to hang on to their majority since Democrats are defending 26 seats, and Republicans only nine. Though they also need to hold all their current seats, including some in states where Trump did well in 2016. Ted Cruz fended off Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the well-financed liberal darling, and in Tennessee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn prevailed.
Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care.
Outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.
Defeated GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was poised to win a Senate seat from Utah. Bredesen had promised a bipartisan approach if elected and had won the endorsement of music star Taylor Swift.
In the Senate, just 35 seats are up for grabs. Heitkamp was hurt late in her campaign by an ad that mistakenly named some women as victims of sexual abuse.
"For the past two years, we've watched this administration attack and undermine our democratic institutions and values", Clinton said.
By the time Britain wakes up tomorrow morning, we will know the result of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.
Of course, Democrats have been in this position before: Two years ago, polling indicated that Hillary Clinton was more likely become the next President of the United States, and she fell short in a night that shocked the country.
Expected Democratic chairs of the House Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee were quick to preview their plans, including likely investigations into the president's tax returns and sources of income overseas, his policy of separating families from their immigrant parents at the border, his appointment of family members to senior positions, his coziness with donors, and his relationship with Moscow. Trump prevailed in IN by 19 points.
As has been the case for the entire election cycle, Republicans have more seats at risk.
Several television networks, including the president's favorite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.
The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.
In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency. "And so this really was my opportunity to help this country in changing who is making the decisions".
In the final days of the campaign, Trump amped up his rhetoric, peppering his rallies with improbable doomsday scenarios should the Democrats win control of one or both congressional bodies.
Three Democrats who voted against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in heavily pro-Trump states lost: Sens.
"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, Head Of Equity Derivatives Strategy At Weeden & Co, New York.
Democrats face a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they are nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular. This means an election occurs halfway through a president's term.
AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.
According to exit polling by CNN, two-thirds of voters said their vote in Tuesday's congressional election was about Trump, with more saying they were showing up at the polls to express opposition than support for the president. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.
The overall predicted outcome, however, remains the same since our last handicapping on October 22: The Democrats are poised to gain ground in the nation's 36 governors' races.
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