Yesterday the US was voting for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate in the midterm elections.

The Republicans have maintained control over the Senate, giving them the chance to build on President Donald Trump’s America First agenda. 

The Democrats have wrestled control of the House giving the opposition will have a better hope at stifling some of Trump’s more radical plans.

Barack Obama, who joined Democrat candidates on the campaign trail, issued a rousing plea for votes as he claimed “the character of our country is on the ballot”. 

The former president also issued an emotional tweet, saying the vote “might be the most important of our lifetimes”.

Voters across the USA flocked to cast their ballots today, with long lines forming at polling stations amid speculation the election could bring see turnout in record numbers.

Polls will close between 11pm and 4am GMT tonight and results will begin to trickle in during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Follow Express.co.uk’s live blog on midterm election results here – with the final exit polls and latest results as soon as polls close from 11pm tonight. All times in GMT.

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Midterm elections results: Obama called the election a ‘vote of a lifetime’ (Image: REUTERS – EPA – GETTY)

8.25am update: Georgia results remain too close to call

Democrats won governorships on Tuesday in several US states that supported Republican President Donald Trump in 2016.

However the blue party lost high-profile races in Florida and Ohio, as voters cast ballots in dozens of gubernatorial contests across the country.

The hotly contested race in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state, remains too close to call early on Wednesday.

8.00am update: Democrats achieve majority in the House of Representatives

With 410 out of 435 seats declared in the race for the House, Democrats have achieved a majority. 

The results for 25 seats to be revealed, however the Democrats have 218 seats – more than half. 

The Democrats have gained 26 seats, flipping them from Republican red to their own blue.

7.52am update: Democrats unseat Republicans in Nevada after 7 year reign

Jacky Rosen has unseated longtime Republican candidate Dean Heller, who has served in the Senate since 2011.

Rosen focused on healthcare in her race for a seat in the Senate.

7.26am update: The President continues to tweet quotes singing his praises

Tweeting a statement from Fox News Anchor David Asman Trump’s tweet said: ““How do the Democrats respond to this? Think of how his position with Republicans improves-all the candidates who won tonight.

They realize how important he is because of what he did in campaigning for them. They owe him their political career.” Thanks, I agree!”

7.13am update: Donald Trump has tweeted, singing his own praises

The President took to Twitter quoting Ben Stein, “The Capitalist Code”: “There’s only been 5 times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President has won seats in the Senate in the off year election.

“Mr. Trump has magic about him. This guy has magic coming out of his ears. He is an astonishing vote getter & campaigner.

“The Republicans are unbelievably lucky to have him and I’m just awed at how well they’ve done.

“It’s all the Trump magic – Trump is the magic man. Incredible, he’s got the entire media against him, attacking him every day, and he pulls out these enormous wins.” 

6.54am update: The 2018 Midterm elections have seen a high turnout according to estimates

According to New York Times journalist Nate Cohen estimates for voter turnout are 31 million ballots higher than the 2014 midterms.

Writing on Twitter, Cohen said: “Our current turnout estimate is 114 million votes cast in the House, breaking even our high expectations (we started at 102 iirc) and shattering the turnout of 83 million in 2014”

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President Trump reacted to the result on Twitter (Image: TWITTER)

6.39am update: Kellyanne Conway on the results “It’s disappointing but it’s not surprising,”

For the Trump administration, the results did not come as a shock.

 Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said: “It’s disappointing but it’s not surprising.” 

6.25am update: Brad Little elected Idaho governor

Paulette Jordan has not won the vote to become the first Native American governor in the US.

Republican Brad Little, the current Idaho lieutenant governor, has been voted the state’s governor.

Idaho GOP declared the win on Twitter writing: “Congratulations to our next Governor, Brad Little, and First Lady, Teresa Little!”

Georgina Laud takes over live reporting from James Bickerton 

6.11am update: Florida race remains “too close to call”

The battle for the Florida Senate seat up for grabs is “too close to call” according to NBC News.

Incumbent democrat Bill Nelson is trailing Rick Scott, his Republican challenger, by around 55,000 votes.

In Florida recounts are mandatory if candidates are within 0.5 percent of the vote from each other, and this could potentially be triggered.

05.49am update: Republican Steve King holds Iowa seat

Republican House representative Steve King has held the House seat representing Iowa’s 4th congressional district.

He was facing a tough challenge from Democrat JD Scholten.

Mr King has been a strong supporter of President Trump.

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This shows Trump had the lowest approval rating of US Presidents leading up to midterm elections (Image: GALLUP)

5:30am update: Record number of women elected to Congress

As a result of tonights results more than 100 women will sit in Congress together for the first time ever.

Amongst those elected were the first Muslim and native American women to be elected to Congress.

5.18am update: President Trump calls Democrat House leader Nancy Pelosi 

President Trump has called Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House, to congratulate her on taking control according to CNN. 

It is unknown how Ms Pelosi, a fierce Trump critic, responded. 

5.11am update: Michigan votes to legalise recreational marijuana 

Voters in Michigan have voted to legalise recreational marijuana, becoming the 10th state to do so. 

Residents aged 21 or over will be allowed to consume marijuana and grow up to 12 plants legally.  

With 58 percent of the electorate voted in favour with 56 percent of the vote counted. 

4.56am update: Republican challenger grabs Missouri Senate seat

Republican Josh Hawley has taken a Missouri Senate seat from Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Mr McCaskill was first elected to the seat in 2006.

Missouri heavily backed Trump in 2016.

4.48am update: Leading Democrat Nancy Pelosi welcomes result

Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, says America has “had enough of divisions”.

Now the Democrats control the House Ms Pelosi will play a key role in opposing Trump’s agenda.

4.35am update: Republican Ron DeSantis becomes Florida governor

Republican Ron DeSantis has beaten Democrat rival Andrew Gillum to become the next governor of Florida.

According to an NBC exit poll Mr DeSantis was backed by six out of ten white voters and 35 percent of male voters.

4.27am update: Alabama votes for key abortion motion

Alabama has voted for a constitutional amendment which gives extra rights to unborn children, meaning abortion would virtually be banned if Roe Vs Wade is overturned.

Meanwhile Colorado voted to remove a state constitution exemption which theoretically allowed slavery and involuntary servitude as punishments for crime.

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Democratic Party supporters celebrate taking control of the House (Image: GETTY )

4.23am update: Trump tweets about “tremendous success”

President Trump has given his first comment on the midterm election results tweeting: “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”

Meanwhile North Dakota has voted against the legalisation of recreational marijuana.

4.06am update: Republicans gain first House seat

The Republicans may have lost control of the House, but they have managed to take one seat off the Democrats.

Republican Pete Stauber seized Minnesota’s 8th congressional district from the Democratic incumbent.

3.48am update: Sarah Sanders says Senate win “a huge win for the President”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has described Republicans holding the Senate as “a huge win for the President” though they look set to lose the House.

It remains to be seen whether the Republicans will manage to extend their Senate majority.

3.28am update: Republicans hold Senate

The Republicans are projected to retain control of the Senate, the primary chamber of Congress.

Their Democrat rivals remain on course to take the House of Representatives.

3.18am update: Ted Cruz projected to retain Texas Senate seat

NBC News are predicting the veteran conservative will hold his seat against Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke.

Mr Cruz was defeated by Donald Trump in the race to become the Republican Party’s 2016 Presidential nominee.

3.14am update: Mitt Romney wins Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney, the Republicans 2012 Presidential nominee, has defeated Democrat Jenny Wilson to win the Utah Senate race.

Not a huge surprise, but potentially significant. Mr Romney has at times been fiercely critical of Donald Trump, and could become a thorn in the Presidents side.

3.10am update: First gay man elected US governor in Colorado

Jared Polis has become the first gay man to be elected a US state governor, following victory in Colorado.

Mr Polis, the Democrat candidate, defeated Republican Walker Stapleton.

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Results are flying in for both the Senate and House elections (Image: GETTY )

2:53am update: Democrats take Florida’s 26th congressional district

Democratic candidate Dobbie Mucarsel-Powell has beat Republican incumbent Carlos Curbelo to take Florida’s 26th congressional district, focused around Miami.

Mr Curbelo, who co-founded the House climate change caucus, was widely regarded as a moderate within the party.

2.35am update: Trump’s press secretary breaks silence

President Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has just said: “The President has had an incredible night.

“Anybody that expected a blue wave tonight probably isn’t going to get that.”

2.29am update: Florida restores voting right to ex-convicts

Florida has voted to pass Amendment 4, giving voting rights back to most ex-convicts.

It is estimated that this will enfranchise around 1.5 million people.

Florida was one of four states that banned felons from voting.

Only those convicted of murder or sex crimes will still still be prohibited from casting ballots.

2.22am update: Republicans take Indiana Senate seat

Republican Mike Braun has defeated Democrat incumbent Joe Donnelly in the key Indiana Senate race.

With 56 percent of the vote counted Mr Braun is leading by 55 percent to 41 percent.

The two had been level pegging in pre-election polling.

2.17am update: Republican Marsha Blackburn wins key Tennessee Senate seat

Republican Marsha Blackburn has won the Tennessee Senate race, beating Democrat Phil Bredesen.

With 42 percent of the vote counted Ms Blackburn has 42 to 37 percent.

The election is significant as Ms Blackburn and Mr Bredesen had been close in the polls.

2.14am update: Democrat Bob Casey retains Pennsylvania seat

Democratic incumbent Bob Casey has retained his Senate seat for Pennsylvania defeating Republican challenger Lou Barletta.

The state voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

1.55am update: Republicans retain key Kentucky seat

Andy Barr has won the 6th district in Kentucky, meaning the Republicans will retain the House of Representatives seat. It was seen as a key race in the build up to the midterms.

In 2016 the district backed Trump by 55 to 39 percent.

1.26am update: Close Trump allies join President in White House

Key Trump allies have joined the President in the White House to watch the results.

They include Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and 2016 campaign aids Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie.

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Supporters of Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott in Florida (Image: GETTY )

1.25am update: Big Democrat win projected in Virginia

In Northern Virginia’s 10th district Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton is projected to defeat sitting Congresswoman Barbara Comstock.

This is a big win as the district has been under Republican control for the past 40 years.

1.16am update: Key Florida Senate race running close

The key Florida Senate race between Democrat Bill Nelson, who holds the seat, and Republican challenger Rick Scott is currently too close to call.

With 59 percent of votes counted Mr Nelson is ahead of Mr Scott, the state’s former governor, by 51 percent to 48 percent.

1.14am update: Democrat win in Florida’s 27th district

Democrat Donna Shalala has seized Florida’s 27th House district from Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

Around 60 percent of registered voters in the constituency are Latino, with the majority being Cuban American.

Hillary Clinton won the district in 2016.

1.09am update: More Democratic Senators win re-election

Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ben Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Carper and Chris Murphy have all regained their seat.

Sherrod Brown’s victory in Ohio, which we announced earlier, is particularly notable as Trump won the state by eight points in 2016.

1.05am update: Polling closes in 15 states

Polling has just closed in 15 states (8pm ET) including Florida, Texas and Missouri.

Senate races are taking place in all 15 states, with some also holding governor elections.

1.00am update: Democrat wins Ohio re-election claims NBC

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is projected to win re-elected in Ohio according to NBC News.

Mr Brown, vice chair of the Joint Pensions Committee, was first elected in 2006.

0.55am update: Did President Trump undermine Republican candidates?

President Trump campaigned across the US ahead of the midterm elections, but according to “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd he might actually have harmed their chances.

Mr Todd told MSNBC: “The pattern of where the president visited in the last two weeks and the downturn in the statewide number for that Republican candidate was pretty consistent across the country when I talk to Republican pollsters.”

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Democratic Party supporters canvassing in California earlier today (Image: GETTY )

0.47am update: Democrat Jennifer Wexton predicted to take Virginia’s 10th district 

Democrat Jennifer Wexton is predicted to defeat Republican rival Barbara Comstock and take Virginia’s 10th district. 

Thus far, with 56 percent of the vote counted, Ms Wexton is beating her rival by 58 percent to 42 percent.  

0.35am update: Polls close in West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. 

Polls closed five minutes ago in West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. 

In West Virginia Democrat Joe Minchin faces a tough battle to retain his seat in a state that voted strongly for Trump in 2016. 

0.08am update: President Trump watching results with family and friends 

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are watching the results at the White House with “friends and family” according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. 

Ms Sanders claimed Trump had run “an extraordinary ground game geared towards defying midterm history and protecting the GOP’s majorities”. 

11:40 update: Kentucky’s 5th congressional district declares – Republican win 

Republican Hal Rogers has been re-elected to represent Kentucky’s 5th congressional district in the House of Representatives. 

Mr Rogers, who was first elected in 1981, is already the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office. 

11.37pm update: One in four Latino voters voted for the first time 

One in four Latino’s who voted in the mid-terms did so for the first time ever according an NBC News Exit Poll. 

The same figure was one in five for African American voters and one in ten for white voters.  

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Ballots are cast in Las Vegas, Nevada (Image: GETTY )

11.27pm update: Over $3billion spent on traditional media 

Campaigners and political parties spent $3.2billion via tradition media, predominantly TV and print, during mid-term campaigning according to Advertising Analytics. 

This is an increase of around $1billion since 2014. 

Figures for online spending are not currently available. 

11.18pm update: Houston polling station opening extended 

Voting at nine polling stations in the Houston area has been extended until 8pm CT (2am GMT) at the order of a Harris County judge. 

Voting was delayed in these stations by late opening or technical issues. 

A lawsuit has been filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Texas Organising Project. 

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Georgina Laud 

10.35pm update: Two-thirds of voters have turned up to oppose Trump

Two thirds of voters say they vote was about President Trump – and they  are voting to oppose him, early exit polls state.

4 in 10 voters chose healthcare as the biggest problem facing th US.

7 in 10 voters said the health care systems needs reforming.

2 in 10 chose the economy and immigration as their top issues.

10.18pm update: First exit polls in from CNN

56 percent of people think the country is on the wrong track.

36 percent of voters said Donald Trump was a factor when voting.

40 percent approve of the job Donald Trump is doing

65 percent of people made up their minds a month ago.

9.40pm update: American voters targeted on social media, US government says

Social media companies have been forced to removed limited “misinformation” targeting American voters on social media sites, the US government has said.

Details about the posts and their content were not released and officials played down their importance, according to Reuters.

Facebook and Twitter previously removed millions of posts and shuttered accounts linked to Russian and Iranian operations in the lead-up to the midterm elections.

This is after US intelligence agencies said the 2016 presidential elections were targeted by Russian operatives.

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Midterm elections 2018 results LIVE: Polling stations are starting to close (Image: Reuters )

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Midterm elections 2018 results LIVE: President Donald Trump urges Republicans to vote (Image: Donald Trump/Twitter)

9.15pm update: Trump urges voters to get to the polls in Florida and Illinois

Donald Trump has urged his followers to vote for Congressman Randy Hultgren in Illinois and Florida Congressional Candidate Michael Waltz in last-minute tweets.

Both states have tightly-run contests and could see potential Democrat wins.

8.42pm update: What could be some of the landmark appointments in these elections?

Here are some of the possible firsts the 2018 midterm elections could mark:

First female Muslim member of Congress: There are two women running with the potential to become the first female Muslim member of Congress – Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota. If elected, Omar would also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab or headscarf and the first Somali-American elected to Congress. While Tlaib would be the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress.

First female African-American governor: In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is locked in a tight race with Brian Kemp to lead the southern state. If she wins, Abrams would be the nation’s first female African-American governor.

First transgender governor: In Vermont, Christine Hallquist is running as a Democrat and would be the nation’s first openly transgender governor. A poll conducted in October by Gravis found her trailing Republican Phil Scott by 10 percentage points.

First Native American governor and woman in Congress: Three candidates could make history representing Native Americans in elected office. In Idaho, Democrat Paulette Jordan has an uphill battle for the governor’s race against Republican Brad Little, but if she won would be the nation’s first Native American governor.

State’s first female governor: There are four women running for governor’s seats who, if elected, would be their respective states’ first female state executive. Jordan in Idaho and Abrams in Georgia would each be firsts. Democrat Janet Mills is the front-runner in the Maine gubernatorial race. Republican Kristi Noem has a narrow lead in the governor’s race in South Dakota.

First consecutive female governors: New Mexico’s Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, is trying to replace outgoing Republican Governor Susana Martinez, which would be the first time a state has elected two women in a row to the governor’s office.

First gay male governor: Jared Polis already notched a first when he was elected to the U.S. House as the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress. Now he is hoping to win his close race to be the governor of Colorado and become the nation’s first openly gay man to win a gubernatorial election

First Korean-American woman elected to Congress: There are two women running who could become the first Korean-American female U.S. representative. Republican Young Kim of California and Republican Pearl Kim of Pennsylvania are both locked in tight races.

First black woman from New England in Congress: Democrat Jahana Hayes could secure two firsts if she is elected to the U.S. House, the first black woman elected to Congress from Connecticut and from all of New England. And she may not be the only African-American woman to get elected to Congress in New England. Ayanna Pressley is likely to win a seat in Congress from Massachusetts.

First Hispanic woman to Congress from Texas: There are two women running in Texas both hoping to be the first Hispanic women from the Lone Star state to go to Congress. Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are both front-runners in their races.

First openly gay veteran elected to Congress: Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas could become the first openly lesbian veteran elected to Congress if she wins her close race.

8.05pm update: Voting machines prevent some people casting ballots in Georgia

Technological problems with voting machines have prevented some people from voting in Georgia.

Broken voting machines were reported in 12 states by 5pm GMT, according to an “election protection” coalition of more than 100 groups that set up a national hotline for reporting irregularities.

A US Department of Homeland Security officials said it had received reports of “sparse” voting technology failures but they were not significant impacting on people’s ability to vote.

But people have reported waiting in line for several hours.

Postal worker Shirley Thorn, 56, said technical problems caused her to wait more than four hours at a polling station in Snellville, Georgia, to cast her ballot.

She said: “I was determined I was going to cast my ballot today because it’s a very important election.”

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Midterm elections 2018 results LIVE: How Americans are forecast to vote for the House (Image: Five Thirty Eight)

7.40pm update: Final forecasts out

The final forecasts from polling website Five Thirty Eight are out and they remain largely unchanged. 

Republicans have a 82 percent chance, 5 in 6, of holding control in the Senate.

But the Democrats have have an 85.8 percent chance, 6 in 7, of winning the House.

7.10pm update: What time do polls close?

The first polls close from 6pm Eastern Time (11pm GMT).

The final ones to shut will be 9pm AKT in Alaska (6am GMT).

Results will start trickling in from then onwards but a final outcome is not likely until later on November 7.

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Midterm elections 2018 results LIVE: Voters in Virginia (Image: AFP/Getty)

6.35pm update: President Trump will spend polling day at the White House

President Trump is spending today working from the White House today, according to his staff.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: “After 11 rallies in 8 states and weeks of campaigning for Republican candidates, the President will spend today making phone calls, monitoring Congressional, Senate and Gubernatorial races across the country and meeting with his political team for real-time updates.

“Later this evening the President and First Lady have invited family and friends to join them in the residence as they watch election returns.”

6.18pm update: Joe Biden says he will be ‘dumbfounded’ if the Democrats do not win

Former US vice president Joe Biden has said he would be “dumbfounded” if the Democrats do not win control of the House.

Speaking to reporters shortly after voting in Wilmington, Delaware, Mr Biden said he expected the Democrats to win in six gubernatorial races in the Midwest and West.

He said: “This is the single most important off-year election in my lifetime. It’s about the character of the country.”

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Midterm elections 2018 results LIVE: A voter casting her ballot paper (Image: Reuters)

5.50pm update: Weather could encourage people to vote Republican, weather forecaster says

The stormy weather could impact on the way people vote, Accuweather has claimed. 

AccuWeather Data Scientist and Meteorologist Tim Loftus said: “Weather was found to be, on average, nearly 20 percent of the change in voter turnout based on our analysis.

“Democrats are more weather sensitive, when compared to Republicans, and among the most weather-sensitive were African-Americans, those 65 and older and 18-24 year olds.” 

5.00pm update: Former President Barack Obama’s message in full.

He wrote: “Tomorrow’s elections might be the most important of our lifetimes. The healthcare of millions is on the ballot. Making sure working families get a fair shake is on the ballot. The character of our country is on the ballot.

“When we’ve been at such crossroads before, Americans have made the right choice.

“Not because we sat back and waited for history to happen — but because we marched, and mobilized, and voted. We made history happen.

“When you vote, you have the power to protect voting rights. To make sure our criminal justice system treats everyone equally under the law. To strengthen laws that protect women in the workplace from harassment – and make sure they’re paid equally.

“When you vote, you have the power to make it easier for a student to afford college, and harder for a disturbed person to shoot up a classroom.

“When you vote, you have the power to make sure a family keeps its health insurance.”