WASHINGTON – Democrats gained control of the House and Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, but the final numbers remained uncertain early Wednesday morning as several races remained undecided in each chamber.
Democrats notched key wins in suburban districts from Virginia to Colorado to Florida and were projected to win more than the 23 seats they need to gain control of the House. Several races remained too close to call.
In the Senate, Republicans expanded their majority after Democratic incumbents lost seats in Indiana, North Dakota, and Missouri and GOP senators won closely watched races in Texas and Tennessee. Still undecided were key races in Florida, Arizona, and Montana.
In governor’s races, Democrats scored a surprising win in Kansas, while in Florida the Republican beat back a challenge in one of the most closely watched races in the country. A winner still hasn’t been declared in gubernatorial contests in Georgia and Wisconsin.
Democrats needed a net gain of 23 House seats to wrest control of the House from Republicans. As of midnight, Democrats had won at least that many, riding a wave of anti-Trump angst in suburban districts, where women voters, in particular, were uneasy with the president’s tenure.
Democrat Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida to replace retiring GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Shalala served for eight years as Health and Human Services secretary under President Bill Clinton.
In Northern Virginia, Democrat Jennifer Wexton, a state senator and former prosecutor, defeated Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, giving Democrats another pickup in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
In another closely watched race, Republican Andy Barr of Kentucky successfully fended off a challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., won re-election over Democratic challenger Kenneth Stepp.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been elected to a second term. Cruz, a Republican, fought off a tough challenge from Democratic Beto O’Rourke.
In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn defeated Democrat Phil Bredesen in one of the country’s most closely watched contests. Blackburn, a staunch conservative and supporter of President Donald Trump, will become the first woman to represent the Volunteer State in the Senate. She will succeed retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.
In Indiana, Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Joe Donnelly, giving the Republicans an important pickup seat from the Democrats, according to ABC and NBC. In West Virginia, Democrat Joe Manchin won re-election, beating Republican challenger Patrick Morrissey, the state attorney general.
Republican Josh Hawley beat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Hawley is the currently the state’s attorney general.
Republican Kevin Cramer defeated Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, according to NBC and ABC. Heitkamp, who was elected six years ago, had been considered the most vulnerable in Democrat in the Senate.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, was elected to a third term by beating Republican Lawrence Zupan. The Associated Press called the race for Sanders, an independent, shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was elected to a second term, according to The AP. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., also won re-election, according to CNN and NBC.