Democrats capture House, GOP holds Senate

09 November, 2018, 06:51 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Democrats Win First Two Republican Held Seats In US Midterms

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate, CNN, NBC and ABC News said, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

Democrats began to scent a big night in the U.S. midterm elections Tuesday with early results pointing to them seizing the House of Representatives from the Republicans in what would be a dramatic rebuke to President Donald Trump.

"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Mr Trump declared in his final day of campaigning.

Voter Ontaria Woods said about two dozen people who had come to vote left because of the lines.

Still, nearly 7 in 10 said the economy was in good shape, and those who said their personal finances were in better shape now than two years ago outnumbered those who believed their finances were worse off, according to the polling.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who is slated to steer the House Judiciary Committee warned that the election was about accountability for Trump.

Republicans flipped several Senate seats on Tuesday, with wins by Josh Hawley over Sen.

Those Republican candidates who run for office with Trump at the top of the ticket will have a hard time establishing their own political identities - and they may not want to, as United States presidents by and large win their second terms.

But it's the House loss that will define the next two years of Trump's presidency: If Democrats make Rep. Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House, and install Trump haters into leadership positions, Trump faces a very unpleasant end to his first term, filled with investigations and gridlock and endless partisan sniping.

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

Trump was asked about the possibility of Democrats demanding to see his tax returns earlier his week, and he responded pretty casually.

In the leadup to the election, anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House could slip away. Several television networks, including the president's favorite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.

In Indiana, Trump-backed businessman Mike Braun defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

"Grassroots enthusiasm for President Trump, who did more than any President in history to support Republican candidates, and the Republican Party's expansive get-out-the-vote operation, turned the forecasted Democrat tsunami into a ripple", McDaniel said.

Meanwhile, Republicans Mike Braun and Kevin Cramer won Democratic-held Senate seats in IN and North Dakota, ousting incumbents Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election. Republican candidates in some of the country's most competitive races gambled by tying themselves to Trump in a bid to turn out voters. "Republicans, as expected, keep control of the Senate, which is good news for the president and bad news for polar bears".

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by AP. That's the banner headline of the evening: Democrats take House.

Voters also punished moderate Senate Democrats running in Trump-heavy states who opposed the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump issued a triumphant tweet about Tuesday's midterm elections despite the mixed results for the president's party at the polls.

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