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Term election results: A tale of two chambers

07 November, 2018, 09:15 | Author: Shawna Walton
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Although Republicans remained forecast to keep control of the Senate, a Democratic House would upend the current Washington power balance.

But for most voters, the elections were less about economic good times and more about Mr. Trump.

Republicans on Tuesday held the Senate in the midterm elections and look set to widen their majority, even as the Democrats make major strides towards seizing back the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, according to CNN projections.

After knocking off a couple of Democratic incumbents so far, Republicans could not only defend but potentially increase their 51-seat majority as additional races are called throughout the night.

A spokesperson for Ms Pelosi said Mr Trump had called her to congratulate her party on winning a House majority, and acknowledged Ms Pelosi's call for bipartisanship. Many news organisations expressed near-certainty that Hillary Clinton would win, but this was not what the numbers themselves showed at the time.

The anger from Democrats and independents against President Trump is palpable, says former Gov. Ed Rendell, who predicts strong results for Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania.

The committee already has concluded there's no evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, but Democrats insist the probe was superficial.

"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi told cheering Democrats at a Washington victory party, saying House Democrats would be a check on Trump.

"When we can't find that common ground, [we will be] standing our ground", she added.

While a Democratic House would block some of Trump's plans, a GOP majority enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas.

Trump - a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician - had hardened his rhetoric down the stretch on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American "mobs".

The expectation is that Democrats will bring a new level of oversight and investigation of the Trump administration, but numerous candidates ran on issues like healthcare and immigration.

The White House has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party in office gained Senate seats. Women hold 84 out of 435 House seats, a record number.

Early results began to trickle in from states such as in, site of a vital US Senate race, and Kentucky, home of a pivotal US House of Representatives race, but it could be hours before the winners are determined.

Rep. Maxine Waters, who has urged people to get in the faces of Trump administration officials in public could become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor. McAdams believes that Republicans and Democrats are effectively the same.

Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.

Discussion about the possibility of impeaching the President is also likely to grow louder in a Democratic-controlled House, despite the fact that Democratic congressional leaders have tried to tamp down on speculation that the party might pursue impeachment - at least at this point.

Polls are also closed in parts of in, where Democrat Joe Donnelly, a top target of the President's frenetic final midterm election campaign swing, is fighting an uphill battle for re-election against Republican Mike Braun. First, potential voters favor Democrats by 8-9pp in socalled generic ballot polls.

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