McConnell thanks Trump as early results favor Senate GOP

McConnell thanks Trump as early results favor Senate GOP
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) thanked President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE in a phone call Tuesday evening for his work in recent weeks campaigning against Senate Democratic incumbents, according to a Senate GOP aide.

The aide said McConnell thanked the president for his help in knocking off at least three Democratic incumbents, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.).

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Trump proclaimed the night a “tremendous success” on Twitter, despite the fact that Democrats seemed poised to take control of the House.

While Democrats matched expectations in House races, the possibility that Republicans could pick up four Senate seats exceeded many projections.

Gov. Rick Scott (R) appeared close to victory late Tuesday evening over Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line MORE (D-Fla.) in Florida, despite recent polls showing Nelson with a narrow lead in recent polls.

Nelson was trailing by more than 57,000 votes as of midnight Eastern Time with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Trump has made more than a dozen visits to the state. He returned to Pensacola, Fla., a GOP stronghold, for a fourth time on Saturday to hold a rally for Scott and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE, who won his race against Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Democrats, however, could still pick up Republican Senate seats in Nevada and Arizona, where their candidates were favored and had yet to report their results as of midnight.

Trump has filled venues with massive, energetic crowds as he’s traveled around the country.

He scored a big win in Missouri after visiting the state five times to campaign against McCaskill.

He held a big rally for Donnelly’s opponent, businessman Mike Braun, in Fort Wayne, Ind., Monday. He made two visits to the Hoosier State in the final week before the election — a total of five trips to campaign against Donnelly.

He visited North Dakota twice.