Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

Democrats to retake U.S. House, GOP to retain Senate

Democrats to retake U.S. House, GOP to retain Senate

Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago.

Aside from the legislative challenges a Democratic House would pose, the White House has been grappling with how its political opponents would wield new investigative powers should they assume control. Fueling their intensity were Trump's anti-immigration stances, his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under Obama and the #MeToo movement's fury over sexual harassment.

The night's news wasn't completely disastrous for Democrats.

Faced with the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in recent days were laying out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations and paralysis of his policy agenda. Democrats needed to gain 23 seats to reclaim control. Trump prevailed in IN by 19 points.

What's more, there have been far fewer statewide and district-specific surveys than in past midterm elections.

(Believe it or not, yes it can.) Trump's window to get money for his border wall, push through another tax cut or repeal Obamacare is probably closed.

GOP Whip Steve Scalise said the president's rallies were building momentum, and with the economy a selling point, he predicted his party would retain a slim majority. "And so this really was my opportunity to help this country in changing who is making the decisions".

For weeks, pollsters have been projecting that the Republicans would lose control of the House but maintain control of the Senate, the result being a divided Congress that would untether some of Trump's most vociferous political challengers.

Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail. His take-no-prisoners approach troubled many Republicans seeking to appeal to moderate voters in suburban House districts, but Trump prioritized base voters in the deep-red states that could determine the fate of the Senate. Polling suggests the Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. "You know what I say?"

One key race in Georgia for the state's governorship has attracted much attentions and visits from Mr Trump, his vice-president Mike Pence and, on the Democrat side, former president Barack Obama and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

On Sunday Trump and former United States president Barack Obama made dueling election appearances, offering sharply different views on the country's problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign. He himself has characterized the election as a referendum on his presidency. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Along with Sherrod Brown, a pro-labor lawmaker re-elected in OH, the four are considered potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

"Senate Democrats faced the most hard political map in 60 years", said Sen. Bob Menendez won a third Senate term. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges. He lauded his party for winning at least half the 10 seats they were defending in states Trump carried and preventing Republicans from capturing a filibuster-proof majority. If Republican Martha McSally wins, she will become Arizona's first female senator. He frequently invoked his upset win in 2016 and tried to recapture that energy in his final rallies, at times relegating the candidates he had traveled to endorse to supporting actors in the theater of a Trump rally. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.

House Democrats may not be able to push their bills into law, but they are certain to use their new majority - and the powers that go with it - to pursue a variety of investigations into Trump Cabinet members accused of misusing taxpayer funds; to subpoena Trump's tax returns and probe his business ties; to reopen the House inquiry into his campaign's link to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign; and quite possibly pass articles of impeachment against the president, depending upon how big the Democratic majority is.

In battlegrounds where Democrats were thought to have chances to gain seats, first-term Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen was in a close contest with Nevada Sen.

"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.

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