Things to watch in the U.S. midterm election

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Republican Mike Braun defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, and Marsha Blackburn won in Tennessee, according to CNN projections.

As the results poured in, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump is ready to deal if Democrats are.

Four GOP seats in Orange County, including two where the incumbent Republicans retired, were in play, along with three other seats to the north beyond Los Angeles and into the Central Valley. Their candidate is the very high profile Beto O'Rourke and he's taking on the incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Acknowledging the stakes in the closing days of campaigning, Trump stressed to voters that everything is on the line when they go to the polls.

District 6: Incumbent Greg Ford, a Democrat, received 61.53 percent of the vote against Republican challenger David Blackwelder, who had 38.47 percent.

With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump's tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea. And because so many people vote early, they are incomplete.

Tightly contested Senate races in Florida and West Virginia also were too close to call, as were high-profile races for governor in OH and Georgia.

Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions. He'd cast ballots for President Obama twice and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but said after rising stocks and dropping unemployment, he was backing Republicans on Tuesday.

Trump has headlined 30 rallies in two months and packed out arenas of adoring fans.

Preliminary exit poll results reported by ABC News showed that 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for 13 percent of voters nationally, up from 11 percent in 2014.

It's being called the most important midterm election in American history. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way. Mr Trump is fighting hard for this seat and chose Missouri as the location for his final campaign rally. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

Similar to Pakistan's national assembly, the American House of Representatives, aka the Congress, is the lower house, where laws are drafted.

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Also, Keith Hernandez will be inducted into the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Hall of Fame as part of the night's festivities. Former South Carolina coach Bobby Richardson won five Gold Gloves with the New York Yankees.

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Customers can receive a free cookie with any purchase by showing their "I voted" sticker, Delish reports . For example: Potbelly Sandwich Shop initially made their free cookie offer available to those who had "I voted" stickers.

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The city touted its diverse technical talent, universal health care and welcoming immigration system. What qualities is Amazon seeking for HQ2? The split headquarters will have 25,000 workers each.

The president so dominates politics across the country that despite not being on any ballot he has made the election largely about him.

The first polling stations closed at 6:00 pm Eastern time (2300 GMT) in parts of Kentucky and in - where Democrats are struggling to hold a crucial Senate seat in a state won by Trump two years ago.

According to almost all pollsters, the Democrats have a good chance of winning the House, while the Republicans are likely to retain the Senate.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her party had momentum on its side. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

Republicans were hoping those dynamics would be offset by a vibrant US economy and by a president whose insult-laden approach to political discourse was as stirring for conservative voters as it was infuriating to liberals. In Texas, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul's race and retiring Republican Joe Barton's open seat were previously considered "Solid Republican", but now are rated "Likely Republican". Surrounded by veterans, she repeated that her top issue is health care and protecting insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions.

A US Department of Homeland Security official said the reports of voting technology failures appeared so far to have had no significant impact in preventing people from voting.

Her group, one of many formed since Trump's election and after the Women's March, connected thousands of women in the Atlanta area interested in becoming more politically active.

"I think Trump is terrible", Reynolds said. Though they also need to hold all their current seats, including some in states where Trump did well in 2016.

He also contended, as he does daily, that if the Democrats win they will work to roll back everything he's tried to accomplish.

He deployed more than 5,000 troops to the border and suggested he may triple that number.

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