Republicans grow Senate majority, lose House — Blue wave’ fizzles

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

However, with a voter turnout surge and a disapproval rating for the President sitting at 55 percent, his opponents have come to the ballot box to make their voices heard.

President Donald Trump has had an "incredible night" with many wins, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday night, and the White House feels good about the results that are coming in.

In the broader fight for control in the Trump era, the political and practical stakes on Tuesday were sky high.

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

As for Republicans retaining control of the Senate, she called it "a huge moment and victory for the president".

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 78, is expected to be re-elected as Speaker of House of Representatives, which is equivalent to India's Lok Sabha. Neither could actually be removed from office without a two-thirds Senate vote, but a Democrat House could dominate months of congressional business and news headlines with investigations and proceedings.

The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, but highlighted an extraordinary realignment of USA voters by race, sex and education. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers. Women and people of colour made up almost 60% of Democratic House candidates.

Actually passing many bills, however, will be hard because the GOP will fall well short of the 60 votes needed to break through Democratic filibusters, procedural delays that kill legislation.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62% to 34%, up from 2014 when 54% backed Democrats and 36% supported Republicans.

Democrats last had a majority in the House in 2010. Cynthia Nixon challenged Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo for NY governor.

Trump previously claimed responsibility for the outcome of the midterm elections, with a White House statement saying the he gave voters a "clear choice".

"Under Trump's leadership, the Republican National Committee has raised more than a quarter billion dollars, fuelling an extraordinary ground game geared toward defying midterm history and protecting the GOP's majorities", she said. 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.

Senate Republicans have won enough heavily conservative states to expand their majority, a big boost for the party.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!"

Since 1946, the president's party has lost an average of 25 House seats in midterm elections, according to Gallup.

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

Some hurt worse than others.

Just weeks before the vote, a Trump supporter allegedly shipped pipe bombs to some of the president's most prominent critics, among them former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros. Individual races "will be close", she said, but because of the "quality of our candidates" and emphasis on preserving health care, "I feel confident we will win". Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election. Several television networks, including the president's favorite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.

Trump boasted a growing economy but campaigned aggressively in the closing days on a hardline anti-immigration message.

President keeping it low key on midterm Election Day following a busy campaign season; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.

It remains to be seen how large a Democratic majority could be in the House, since they have not been as successful in the more Republican leaning districts.

Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign. Brian Fitzpatrick in the Philadelphia suburbs and New York Rep.

Said Warren: "This resistance began with women and it is being led by women tonight".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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