(US midterms) Mike Braun wins in high-profile Indiana contest

World | 7 Nov 2018 10:56 am

President Donald Trump's Republicans seized victory in Indiana's high-profile Senate contest on Tuesday, defeating Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and making the Democrats' narrow path to a Senate majority ever slimmer.

Trump-backed businessman Mike Braun's win came as Republicans clung to delicate majorities in the House and Senate, and an anxious nation watched to see whether voters would reward or reject the Republicans in the first nationwide election of Trump's turbulent presidency.

With control of Congress and statehouses at stake, many of the top elections were too close to call.

Democrats won contested House races in Florida and Virginia, while a Republican beat back an aggressive challenge in Kentucky.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election. More than 40 million Americans had already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to an AP analysis.

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