RESULTS: How Key Races Determined Control Of Congress

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent
  • Democrats regained a majority in the House of Representatives, while Republicans maintained control of the Senate.
  • Republicans flipped Democratic Senate seats in North Dakota and Indiana, while Democrats flipped seats like Republican Barbara Comstock’s in Northern Virginia to take the House.
  • President Donald Trump told voters that while he was not on the ballot, he wanted supporters to act as if he were.

Republicans held on to control of the Senate, while Democrats flipped the House by adding 28 seats, regaining the majority that they lost in 2010.

President Donald Trump declared the election a “tremendous success tonight.”

Results of the 2018 midterm elections will be updated hourly here.

PASADENA, CA - MAY 19: A sheet of voter stickers is seen inside Fire Station 38, as people go to the polls for a special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger...(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – MAY 19: A sheet of voter stickers is seen inside Fire Station 38, as people go to the polls for a special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger…(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

LIVE RESULTS:

Senate:

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine defeated Republican Corey Stewart to win re-election.

Delaware Democratic Sen. Tom Carper defeated Republican challenger Rob Arlett in a race that was called almost immediately after the polls closed.

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. fended off Trump-backed Rep. Lou Barletta to win his third term.

Indiana Republican Mike Braun defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, a race Trump heavily invested himself in.

Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn defeated Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a race Trump campaigned in several times.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin defeated Republican candidate Patrick Morrisey. Manchin voted for Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation but still faced some presidential opposition.

Utah Republican Mitt Romney claimed victory in an expected result setting himself up for the latest phase of his political career. All eyes will look to how the senator-elect will manage his relationship with the president.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Robert Francis O’Rourke in one of the most high-profile Senate races in the entire country. O’Rourke raised nearly $70 million for his campaign and spawned national media coverage for his unabashed progressivism.

Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin held on to her seat, beating back a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir.

Michigan Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican.

Republicans flipped another Democratic seat, with Rep. Kevin Cramer unseating North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who voted against confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez won another six-year term, less than two years after facing corruption charges. After a jury failed to deliver a verdict, the judge declared a mistrial.

Missouri Republican Josh Hawley unseated two-term Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in one of the most watched races in the entire country.

Michigan Republican Army veteran John James failed to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in a race that was closer than expected.

Minnesota Democrat Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith won re-election, keeping the state solidly blue.

Democrats flipped Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s seat, with Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen winning the contest.

House:

Virginia Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton defeated GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in the 10th congressional district. Comstock was one of the last remaining Republican districts near the nation’s capital.

Kentucky Republican Andy Barr held on to his seat in the 6th district, a bell-weather race that many were watching across the country.

Wisconsin House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional seat will stay in Republican hands, with Republican Bryan Steil defeating Democrat Randy Bryce.

Republican Dave Brat fell to first-time Democratic candidate Abigail Spanberger in Virginia.

Longtime incumbent Republican Pete Sessions lost to Democrat Colin Allred in Texas’s 22nd Congressional District.

In South Carolina, Democrats flipped Republican Rep. Mark Sandford’s seat, who lost in the primary to Katie Arrington. Democrat Joe Cunningham narrowly defeated Arrington.

Gubernatorial: 

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was taken down by Democrat Tony Evers in a state Trump won in 2016.

Kansas Democratic candidate Laura Kelley defeated Republican candidate Kris Kobach. Kobach is a long-standing ally of Trump and was endorsed by the president in the Republican primary.

Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida.

After two terms of Republican Susana Martinez, New Mexico voters elected Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham to be their next governor.

Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine defeated Democratic candidate Richard Cordray to succeed Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

In deep-blue Oregon, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown held off Republican Knute Buehler in a race that was tighter than expected.

Iowa elected its first female governor Tuesday, choosing Republican Kim Reynolds over Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell. Reynolds was chosen as governor in 2017 to replace Terry Brandstad, who was named U.S. ambassador to China.

Nevada chose its first Democratic governor since 1994, selecting Steve Sisolak over Adam Laxalt.

Democratic Maine Attorney General Janet Mills defeated businessman Shawn Moody to replace Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan won re-election against former NAACP president Ben Jealous.

Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo won re-election, as well.

In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis defeated Republican Walker Stapleton to replace Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu won a second term.

Democrats maintained control of the Connecticut gubernatorial office, with Ned Lamont defeating Republican Bob Stefanowski.

ANALYSIS:

TOPSHOT - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is watching results at the White House surrounded by family and friends after nearly a continuous month on the campaign trail supporting Republican candidates.

The president has told voters that while he may not be on the ballot, he wants his supporters to act as if he is. He has intervened to the fullest extent possible in attempting to quell the traditional loss of House seats that follow a president’s first two years in office.

Trump extolled the economic growth of the last two years during his speeches at dozens of rallies but barreled forward with fiery pledges to stop an advancing caravan of Central American migrants and deploy U.S. troops to the southern border.

Democrats, lacking a popular forward figure within their own party, deployed former President Barack Obama across the country with high hopes of capturing the House of Representatives, Senate and gubernatorial races across the country.

Polls indicate Republicans could face trouble in the House of Representatives, though they face a favorable map in the U.S. Senate with close races in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Florida, Montana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Texas, North Dakota and Michigan.

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