US midterm exit polls reveals NO ‘blue wave’ as predictions of relentless tide of Democrat wins fail to materialise

Exit polls suggested that the US would see a wave of significant Democrat wins across the country, instead it's expected the party will seize majority of the House of Representatives with the Senate remaining in Republican control.

While Democrats currently need just 17 seats before they can claim a house majority, the wins have fallen short of the expected "blue wave".

Earlier this evening, CNN host Jake Tapper said: "This is not a blue wave. This is not a wave that's knocking out all sorts of Republican incumbents."

Political analyst Gloria Borger added: "There is no tsunami… The excitement, the balloon is popping."

It's estimated Democrats will likely have a gain of 35 to 45 seats in the House, exceeding the necessary 23 seat gain to take control.

Democrat Jennifer T. Wexton has defeated Republican Barbara Comstock in the 10th congressional district in Virgina – turning a former Republican stronghold blue, and the first time in four decades that Democrats have claimed the seat.

In Florida, Democrat Donna Shalala defeated Maria Elvira Salazar in a hotly contested race for a Miami congressional district, flipping a red seat blue.

But in a crushing defeat, it appears Democrat Joe Donnelly has lost his seat to Republican Mike Braun with 51 per cent of the state's precincts counted.

And in Texas, Democrat Beto O'Rouke lost out to the incumbent Ted Cruz.

The Midterms are set to determine whether Republicans keep control of the US Congress – and if Trump's base are as loyal as 2016.

Trump and the Republicans are at great risk of losing the House of Representatives – which could paralyse his presidency.

The two houses of Congress – could Trump lose both?

  • The midterm elections are being held halfway through Trump's presidential term and the make-up of Congress's two chambers could impact his ability to govern.
  • Of the 35 Senate seats up for election this year, 26 are held by Democrats (including two independents allied to them) and nine by Republicans.
  • In total, the US Senate is made up of 51 Republican seats and 47 Democrats, plus those two independents.
  • This means that the Democrats need to keep all of their seats and win back two from the Republicans – but 10 of the Dems' seats are in states which Trump won in the 2016 US Election.
  • In the lower chamber of Congress, the Democrats need to pick up 20 seats to control the House of Representatives.

While Trump is not on the ballot, this election is widely seen as a referendum on his time in office.

Emboldened Democrats have a chance to win majorities in Republican-controlled Congress — which is made up of two houses, the House Of Representatives and the Senate.

In the week before Tuesday’s elections, the president has hosted no less than 11 rallies in eight states as he sought to pump prime support for the Republicans.

If Trump's party lost control of the house, his opponents could lift the lid on his personal finances, spark fresh investigations into his alleged links to Russia and even trigger an impeachment.

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