Trump Declares ‘Tremendous Success’ As Democrats Take Control of the House

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Welcome to IJR Blue’s election night live blog! Be sure to check back frequently for updates throughout the night.

The very first polls will begin to close starting at 6 p.m. ET in Indiana and Kentucky, with more polls closing across the country every hour through 1 a.m. ET, when Alaska finishes voting.

With all 435 seats in play, Democrats are looking to capture control of the House of Representatives. Polls have consistently favored Democratic odds in the lower chamber, but their outlook in the Senate is much bleaker.

Facing a difficult map this cycle, Democrats will have to defy the odds if they want to take control of the Senate. FiveThirtyEight gives Democrats just a one-in-five chance of taking the Senate.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 11:16p.m. ET]: President Donald Trump declares a “tremendous success” as Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives.

“Thank you to all!” Trump tweeted.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 11:00p.m. ET]: Andrew Gillum has conceded the Florida gubernatorial election to Republican Ron DeSantis.

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UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:50p.m. ET]: On MSNBC, Ari Melber reports that Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee intend to request the president’s tax returns after taking the House.

“Under federal law, the chair of the Ways & Means committee has the power to request anyone’s tax returns — they believe that includes, flatly, the president of the United States,” Melber said.

With Democrats in control, Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.) is expected to become chairman of the committee.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:35p.m. ET]: With key wins in North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas, Republicans are projected to retain control of the United States Senate.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:25p.m. ET]: NBC News is projecting the Democrats to take control of the House of Representatives.

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UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:20p.m. ET]: Ted Cruz is projected to hold his Senate seat in Texas, defeating Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in a tight race.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:17 p.m. ET]: NBC News has called the Kansas gubernatorial race for Democrat Laura Kelly, defeating Republican Kris Kobach. Kobach briefly chaired the Trump administration’s controversial voter fraud commission before it was disbanded.

Watch Rachel Maddow and Brian William’s stunned reaction to the news below:

UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:12 p.m. ET]: With 11 seats flipped to Democrats already, NBC News is giving Democrats a 90 percent chance of controlling the House of Representatives.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 9:48 p.m. ET]: NBC News projects that Jared Polis will become the next governor of Colorado, making history as the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States. Polis succeeds term-limited Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 9:40 p.m. ET]: Fox News predicts that Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives.

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UPDATE [11/6/18, 9:06 p.m. ET]: NBC News projects that incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will hold his seat. Manchin was the lone Democratic Senator to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 8:55 p.m. ET]: ABC is projecting the first Senate flip of the night, with Republican Mike Braun defeating incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Donnelly had attempted to align himself with President Donald Trump in the closing month of the race, but Braun was quick to leverage Donnelly’s vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 8:28 p.m. ET]: The Associated Press has called the race in Florida’s 27th district for Democrat Donna Shalala.

Shalala, who previously served as secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration, replaces retiring Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) in another Democratic flip in the House.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 8:07 p.m. ET]: With more polls closed on the east coast, CNN is projecting a number of Democratic Senators to hold their seats:

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
  • Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

UPDATE [11/6/18, 7:47 p.m. ET]: In the first flipped seat of the night, NBC News is projecting a victory for Democrat Jennifer Wexton over Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) in Virginia’s 10th District.

UPDATE [11/6/18, 7:07 p.m. ET]: As more polls close on the East Coast, CNN has projected that Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold their seats.

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