Democrats Are Now Projected to Take Back the House

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.

Democrats could derail Mr Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate.

On Tuesday, the president telephoned House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship.

Democrats have picked up at least 23 House seats, putting them on track to reach the 218 needed to seize control from Republicans after eight years.

Trump was expected to address the results at a post-election news conference scheduled for midday Wednesday.

That state's Democratic senator, Bill Nelson, also suffered a narrow loss at the hands of Republican opponent Rick Scott, with all signs pointing towards the GOP actually widening its Senate majority as Democratic Sen.

Mr Trump has dropped hints that the Democrats could take the House, saying a number of times that there were too many candidates for him to campaign with personally - a possible excuse if things do not go his way.

The significance of the Republican victory in the Senate, which the party has dominated for the past four years, was magnified because Democrats wrested House control from the GOP. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to.

The outrage of the Democratic resistance is facing off against the brute strength of president Donald Trump's Republican party in a fight for control of Congress and statehouses across the nation.

Districts around the country reported unusually high turnout: according to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million Americans cast their ballots early ahead of this election, compared with 27.4 million in the 2014 midterm. Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends.

Even passing many bills will be hard for the Senate. She could be joined by Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, who is also trying to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress along with the first Somali-American elected to the House. Democratic incumbents prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which Trump carried narrowly.

Overall, more voters disapproved of Trump's job performance than approved - a finding that is largely consistent with recent polling.

Democrats knocked off at least 17 GOP incumbents, picking up moderate, suburban districts across the country. But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr.

History was working against the president in both the House and the Senate: The president's party has traditionally suffered deep losses in his first midterm election, and 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

They paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Missouri's Claire McCaskill.

Some hurt worse than others.

"Democrats had a narrow path through the suburbs in districts won by Hillary Clinton, and it appears they were able to flip those seats despite strong performances from our candidates who consistently outperformed the top of the ticket in almost every race", Daudt said in a statement.

"It's all fragile", he said on the call.

A poll in October by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School found that for 18-to-29-year olds, 40 percent report that they will "definitely vote" in the midterms, with 54 percent of Democrats, 43 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Independents considered likely voters. Milner, who said he backed Republican congressional candidates, added, "It's like, 'OK, no matter what Trump wants to do, we're not going to vote for it.' I don't like that".

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

Kobach had built a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration policies and strict voter photo ID laws.

O'Rourke had told voters that Trump was wrong and described Texas as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".

Meanwhile, the close of the 2018 midterm season marked the unofficial opening of the next presidential contest.

Several ambitious Democrats easily won re-election, including presidential prospects Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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