Despite House loss, Trump still sees midterms success

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

Democrats began to scent a big night in the United States 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.

Trump, who watched the midterm election returns with family and friends at the White House Tuesday evening, settled into a brief role as spectator, after months of campaigning for Republican congressional and gubernatorial candidates.

"Dealing a major setback to President Trump's legislative agenda".

Resigned to the loss of one-party control over Washington in Tuesday's elections, President Donald Trump stared down the prospect of endless House investigations, stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition.

In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida. This year, Democrats only needed to win 23 seats to take power.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump told a crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday.

"I think that we're all still doing a lot of analysis and trying to determine where the voters came from, because the polling we had gave us a completely different indication", Jensen said on her race.

Democrats will pick up at least six and perhaps as many as 11 seats in the 150-member Texas House.

While the Republican Party retained control of the Senate, a win for the Democrats in the House would end the GOP monopoly on power in Washington and open a new era of divided government.

Trump, who campaigned aggressively in the last several weeks, expressed satisfaction over the results and described this as tremendous success.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib in MI and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota both won their races for House seats, becoming the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to become speaker again, though many Democratic candidates, particularly in states Trump won, said they would not support her.

"Even though they won back the House, they're going to have to decide whether they ought to advance as a more Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders type of party with more liberal positions, or as a more center-left party", Gergen said.

In Texas, Sen Ted Cruz staved off a tough challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, whose record-smashing fundraising and celebrity have set off buzz he could be a credible 2020 White House contender.

Sen. Joe Manchin was the lone Democrat to back Kavanaugh, and his yes vote is believed to have put him over the top in a hotly contested race.

However, President Trump has gone to bat for Republican candidates this cycle, holding eleven campaign rallies in just the week leading up to Election Day.

In the Senate, where Republicans were heavily favored to keep control heading into Tuesday's voting, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat In IN and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp In North Dakota.

Knowing that House Democrats will not approve funding for a wall along the U.S. border, for example, will not keep Trump from continuing to make it an issue.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

He would have a ready-made target, a Democrat-controlled House, to blame for obstructing progress. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

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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