Election Night in the US
Republicans will maintain control of the Senate after ousting Democratic senators in Indiana and North Dakota, CNN projects.
Republicans staved off Democratic challenges in Tennessee and Texas, eliminating the Democrats' path to the two-seat gain they needed to claim the majority.
Watch below: Republicans hang on to control of the Senate
Sen. Ted Cruz will defeat Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the race for Senate in Texas, CNN projects, holding off the progressive online fundraising sensation and leaving Democrats who hoped to snap a 24-year statewide losing streak disappointed again.
Watch below: Tapper, Blitzer react to Ted Cruz victory
CNN projects three Republican senators win re-election. They are...
- Sen. Deb Fischer in Nebraska
- Sen. John Barrasso in Wyoming
- Sen. Roger Wicker in Mississippi
Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will win his bid to be the next senator from North Dakota, CNN can project, ousting incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and dealing a significant blow to Democrats’ prospect at taking control of the Senate.
Heitkamp, in the closing months of the campaign, was widely considered the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the Senate, given Trump won North Dakota by 36 percentage points.
That position was cemented when, weeks before Election Day, her campaign mistakenly identified sexual assault survivors in an ad, forcing the Democrats to emotionally apologize and promise to make up for the mistake.
We got a bit busy with that flurry of projections there, but want you to know -- polls closed in Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah at 10 p.m. ET.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders offered a cautiously optimistic outlook as midterm results continued to roll in tonight.
Sanders touted several of the early gains, particularly Indiana Senate GOP candidate Mike Braun's win and Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr's re-election, arguing that the President's support made a difference in those races. She also pointed to how close the Florida gubernatorial and Senate races are as a positive.
But Sanders couched all of her positive comments with some key qualifiers: "So far," "right now" and "up until this point."
"It's been a good night for the President, up until this point," Sanders said before adding that there is still "a long night to go."
"We feel good about where we are right now. Still a lot of evening to go, maybe some early morning as well," she said.
Sanders also quoted Democratic strategist James Carville, who earlier tonight said on MSNBC that 2018 was not going to be a wave election for Democrats. Instead, Sanders said there could be "maybe a ripple."
Asked whether the President would call House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and offer to work with her if Democrats take back control of the House, Sanders suggested he would not.
"I’m not sure why he would call Nancy Pelosi," Sanders said, pointing out that several Democratic candidates said they wouldn't back her for speaker if they were elected.
CNN is projecting that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the US Senate race in Utah.
Watch below: Romney, GOP candidates holding on to Senate seats
Democrats just picked up four more seats in the House, CNN can project, with wins in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New York.
- Sharice Davids will win in Kansas’ Third District
- Chrissy Houlahan will win in Pennsylvania’s 6th District
- Dean Phillips will win in Minnesota’s Third District
- Max Rose will win in New York’s 11th District
Where things stand: Democrats now need to pick up 11 Republican-held seat to win the House majority.
A pair of districts in the Midwest will add Muslim women to the ranks of the US Congress for the first time, CNN has projected.
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races.
Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men currently in office: Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.
Read more on their races here.
Watch below: Two women, two historic victories