Trump on trial as Americans vote in midterm election

09 November, 2018, 05:26 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Voters line up to cast their ballot just before the polls open in the mid-term election

In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

The Democrats also had history on their side: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats. Wexton was among the record number of women running this year.

The surge of female candidates this year has drawn comparisons to the "Year of the Woman", when in 1992 voters sent 47 women to the House, and four women joined the Senate bringing women's numbers to six.

Democrats picked off two Republican House seats in Florida, including one held by Representative Carlos Curbelo. It would also nearly certainly bring an onslaught of investigations of his businesses and his administration.

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who's in line to become the next House speaker should Democrats take the majority.

"I believe he values immigration, but he wants to make sure we're safe", said Tina Newby of Wetland, Michigan, a GOP voter.

"It's great. People are finally awake right now; they're realising that this election - the midterm election - is very important for them".

Assuming that the Democrats will take the House, and that every Democrat would vote in favor of impeachment, then that takes care of the first step of the process. In preelection polls, Donnelly looked like one of the safest Democratic incumbents from a heavily pro-Trump state. He predicted an "invasion" from the migrant caravan making its way toward the USA and decried the "radical" agenda of speaker-in-waiting Pelosi. Party stalwarts and some independents have been roused by revulsion toward Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and policies and his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Obama, and by the #MeToo movement's fury over sexual harassment.

"In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy", the Louisiana Republican told The Associated Press on the eve of Election Day.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. VoteCast debuted Tuesday and is a survey of more than 120,000 voters and nonvoters conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

American voters poured out across their bitterly divided country on Tuesday to deliver judgment on Donald Trump in midterm polls where opposition Democrats seized partial control of Congress. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade.

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This was seen as the most likely outcome before Americans went to the ballot box. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

Trump has also sought to temper expectations in recent days that Republicans would hold the House, saying he was more focused on campaigning for Senate races.

Democrats' longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority were pinned on hopes of their supporters surging to the polls.

In the hotly contested 2016 election, Trump proclaimed that he would ban Muslims from being granted admission to the USA as president.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer. Democrats blamed the charged political atmosphere for the increase in anti-Semitism.

The GOP's hold on the majority was complicated by an unusually large number of retirements as well as persistent infighting between conservatives and centrists, with much of the conflict centered on the question of allegiance to Trump. Thirty-five seats are in play in Tuesday's election.

Sixty of those vulnerable districts are now under Republican control or were left vacant when a Republican lawmaker resigned. Other records were also falling. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready.

Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions. Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor, was favored for a suburban Newark seat.

The GOP campaign committee distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism, but he won anyway.

Early voting results showed some positive signs for Democrats in North Carolina and across the country after polls closed Tuesday in the 2018 midterm election.

Bredesen is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat in the state's top race.

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