Red Wall: Democratic Surge Fails To Erase Senate Republican Majority

Marco Green
November 7, 2018

The party's task was much more hard in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority but Democrats are defending 10 seats in states won by the president two years ago.

Democrats needed to pick up two dozen seats to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate.

"The vast majority of women voters are angry, frustrated and they are really done with seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, particularly as it related to heath care and civility", said Stephanie Schriock, who leads EMILY's List, a group that help elect Democratic women. "It's just a question of the size of victory".

Supporters of US President Donald Trump cheer during a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally at McKenzie Arena, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 4, 2018. The current session comprises 235 Republicans, 193 Democrats and seven vacant seats (five of which were last held by Republicans).

With memories still fresh from 2016, when Trump astonished experts by defeating the heavily favoured Hillary Clinton, pollsters are being cautious.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump told a crowd Monday in Cleveland, Ohio. Notably, Michigan Democrats selected a woman for every statewide office on Tuesday's ballot: governor, US senator, attorney general and secretary of state.

"It's a very good turnout", said William Harkins, chief election officer at a polling station in Arlington, Virginia.

Meanwhile, two of the most-watched races - for governor and senator in Florida - appeared headed for the kind of nail-biting close finish for which the state is famous.

In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency. I mean, I only became a citizen previous year", said Kevin Ombija, a first-time voter originally from Kenya who now lives in Washington, D.C. "Issues of immigrants are very dear to me.

"The popular vote rules", she said.

Tuesday's elections will also test the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender and especially education.

They also could force Trump 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.

But Democrats have been fired up by anger at Trump's extraordinary attacks over the last few weeks against immigrants, claiming that his opponents seek to throw open the borders to "drug dealers, predators and bloodthirsty MS-13 killers".

Bearing boxes of doughnuts, former President Barack Obama and Virginia Sen. "The Democrats will do quite well in the House of Representatives, in the governorships and state legislatures".

Breaking the super majority in just one chamber would change the power dynamic in Raleigh.

Now we're getting to the some of the nation's marquee races: the initial returns from the Texas US Senate race, plus four competitive US House races in New Jersey and another eight in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brian Snyder People cast their ballots in the midterm election at William Ford Elementary School in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S. November 6, 2018.

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.

Carlos Gallinar, an El Paso resident, said he planned to vote for O'Rourke because of "the negative energy coming out of Washington and this president". Cruz got more than 56% of the vote in 2012. "Today, we say enough".

Voters go to a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. A CNN poll released on November 5 found that Democrats led Republicans on a generic ballot by 13 points, 55 percent to 42 percent.

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