U.S. voters decide Tuesday whether President Donald Trump will keep his Republican majority in Congress or face a hostile Democratic majority after a bitter campaign for midterm elections described by both sides as a battle for America's soul.
Discussion about the possibility of impeaching the President is also likely to grow louder in a Democratic-controlled House, despite the fact that Democratic congressional leaders have tried to tamp down on speculation that the party might pursue impeachment - at least at this point. In an even more bitter contest that has been rocked by race rows and feuds over ballot access, Democrat Stacey Abrams is trying to become the nation's first black female governor in Georgia.
Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away.
Goodstein, however, still believes that Trump "is uniquely disfavored" and numerous voters who strongly disapprove of Trump will take to the polls, allowing the Democrats to regain the House of Representatives.
Early voting leading up to Tuesday's midterm election revealed a wide variety of concerns with voting and registration systems around the country - from machines that changed voter selections to registration forms tossed out because of clerical errors.
USA citizens will vote to select their preferred members of Congress, both for the House of Representatives and for the Senate, as well as state Governors and down-ballot positions such as local representatives and judges. One quarter of those casting a House ballot said they did so in part to support him.
But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises. How women and independent voters cast their ballots was likely to determine the outcome. Several dozen midterm races where candidates from the two sides were barely separated will decide the day.
Early Tuesday, East Coast voters had to contend with stormy weather, which normally reduces turnout, but there were morning reports of people waiting 30 minutes or longer to vote in Georgia, Florida and other states. The total number of women serving simultaneously may exceed 100 for the first time.
For nearly two years, Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a free hand from the twin Republican controlled chambers, but the midterms could see him forced to face an opposition with real teeth.
If they do win control of the House, Democrats will try to harden U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea, while maintaining the status quo on hot-button areas like China and Iran. At least three other red districts flipped to blue.
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Outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.
In suburban Virginia, Democrat Jennifer Wexton ousted incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock, while another Democrat, Donna Shalala, seized a Republican district in Florida.
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"It's about stopping the GOP and Mitch McConnell's assault on Medicare and Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions", Pelosi said in a speech late Tuesday at the DCCC, referencing the Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky.
By the NCSL's record, Republican dominance of state legislatures is at a historic high.
Control of Congress is at stake, effectively deciding whether Trump will continue to get a free ride from the current Republican-led legislature or be forced to deal with Democrats that he has spent months deriding as extreme leftists bent on bringing chaos to the United States.
The future of the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller could also depend on whether Democrats take control of one of the houses.
Immigration, which has been Mr Trump's main focus in the final days of campaigning, is a distant second at 23 percent.
All 435 seats in the US House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive.
Trump was watching the results alongside friends and family at the White House, his spokeswoman said.
"The climate in our country right now, it just feels very divisive", said Caitlyn Ziegler, a 27-year-old who waited an hour to vote in Kansas City.