United States midterm elections: Republicans hold the Senate, Democrats secure House victory

09 November, 2018, 06:53 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chele Farley

The result upends the balance of power in Washington, where Trump has enjoyed an easy ride from Republican dominance of both houses of Congress since his shock election in 2016.

She says Democrats will find common ground when they can and stand their ground when necessary.

They could also force the President to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

President Trump figured large in Indiana's midterm election, as voters gave the president another ally in Congress by electing political upstart and multimillionaire businessman Republican Mike Braun to the Senate.

Democrats failed to pick up some tougher GOP-held seats in Florida, Texas and Kentucky.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

The Democrats now control the lower house for the first time in eight years.

Women preferred Democrats by a roughly a 20-point margin this election, according to exit polls, up from a 12-point gap for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016 and just a 4-point edge in the 2014 midterms.

Tuesday's elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump's term, and about 7 in 10 in voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote.

Early Wednesday, Trump declared on Twitter: "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!" Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away.

Republicans, who were optimistic about keeping their majority in the Senate, told voters that Democrats would block Mr Trump's agenda while allowing undocumented immigrants and liberal "mobs" to overtake their communities.

The Republicans have retained Senate control for two more years, shattering Democrats' dreams of an anti-Trump wave sweeping them to a majority.

"Tremendous success tonight", Trump said.

Ballots poured in from key races across the nation in tight races, the outcomes of which will determine the future of President Donald Trump's ambitious "America First" agenda.

House Democrats are set to hold their leadership elections the week after Thanksgiving.

In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat in IN, and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, marking disappointment for the Democrats.

It also will test Trump's ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress. A slow-moving caravan of thousands of Central American migrants trekking to the U.S. has served as ready fodder for Trump's diatribes for border security and immigration reform, and a roaring economy has helped the GOP foster confidence in their leadership.

In Texas, Republican Ted Cruz Cruz beat his challenger, Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke.

The Democratic victory also proves that Republicans are far from invincible under Mr. Trump, a natural showman beloved by the GOP's grassroots but with more limited appeal in the cities and suburbs.

Democrats did succeed in holding on to Sen. He played to his base, but his over-the-top rhetoric turned off so many people that Democrats managed to retake the House.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends.

For the State Senate District 22 race, Democrat incumbent Brittany Pettersen comfortably won reelection with 56.96 percent of the votes to Tony Sanchez's 43.4 percent.



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