Donald Trump claims victory in midterms despite losing House control

09 November, 2018, 02:46 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Minorities LGBT make history in 2018 midterms

US President Donald Trump's Russian business ties, Jared Kushner's relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Ivanka Trump's Chinese trademarks - all could come under new scrutiny by the Democrats when they take over the House of Representatives.

The results of the 2018 midterm elections are a referendum against United States president Donald Trump's policies with the Democratic victory in the House of Representatives with 223 seats-results in five seats are still pending-and the Republicans narrowly expanding their majority in the Senate.

The midterms leave power split in Washington as Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives and Republicans expand Senate majority.

Trump said in a wide-ranging news conference Wednesday that he doesn't want to release his taxes because they are under a "continuous audit".

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", declared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who would be in line to become the next House speaker. Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends.

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

The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organizer who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress.

Three candidates had hoped to become their states' first African-American governors, although just one - Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams - was still in the running.

Women voted considerably more in favour of their congressional Democratic candidate - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for the Republican, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 113,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

The road to a House majority ran through two dozen suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

The Democrats have learned little from their defeat by Trump in 2016. She batted aside questions about specific looming fights, such as Mr. Trump's demand for more money for his border wall.

Not only have the Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate, but within that majority, several so-called "never-Trump" Republicans disappeared.


In the closing week of campaigning, Trump turned away from the House where numerous most competitive races ran through suburbs, focusing his attention on Senate and gubernatorial races in states where he is relatively popular.

Some hurt worse than others.

The same held true for the Senate campaign of Beto O'Rourke, whose inspiring race in Texas came within less than 3 percent of toppling the extreme right-wing incumbent Ted Cruz.

Trump encouraged voters to view the 2018 midterms as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

President Donald Trump weighed in on Tuesday's midterm elections via Twitter.

The GOP at long last needs to work diligently toward an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, since health care was the biggest issue at the polls.

"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Trump said, calling the probe a "hoax" and a "disgrace".

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.

President Trump often employs the power of positive thinking when it comes to his own shortcomings, choosing to promote the wins rather than wallow or search for lessons in the losses.

One of Trump's most vocal defenders on immigration, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, lost his bid for governor. A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount.

LePage vetoed bills five times that would have expanded the state's Medicaid system to an additional 70,000 low-income Mainers. Mr. Obama and Ms. Winfrey struck out badly in IN and Georgia, and the ex-president looked particularly absurd, tie- and jacket-less, uttering staccato, Hemingway-like sentences about facts and claiming to have initiated the present economic boom.

Control of the House gives Democrats the ability to launch investigations into the president and stifle his agenda. Republican women like Kristi Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.

This year, women not only increased their numbers, but the new class of lawmakers also includes women from a wide patchwork of backgrounds, adding to a Congress that is expected to be more diverse.

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