President Trump Speaks On Election Results

08 November, 2018, 12:57 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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She said: "Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it's about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration".

The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape USA politics for years to come.

The GOP's successes were fuelled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees. Democrats were able to ride opposition to Trump to wins in more Democratic-leaning states like NY and deep-red states like Oklahoma.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout.

Democrats won ... seats in elections to the 435-strong House of Representatives, whose members are proportional to the population of states, reflecting the will and sentiment of the people in numerical terms.

And in the Midwest a onetime Somali refugee, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, shared the historic distinction of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the US 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.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

But also in Texas, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic congressman and former punk rock singer who had raised an unprecedented $60 million in his mission to win in the Republican stronghold, fell short to arch-conservative former presidential contender Ted Cruz.

⦁ Ralph Z. Hallow, the chief political correspondent of commentary, served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation fellow in urban journalism at Northwestern University, and resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar.

Early Wednesday, Trump warned Democrats against using their new majority to investigate his administration.

McConnell eschewed further attempts to get him to respond to heated presidential rhetoric, refusing to call the migrant caravan - still hundreds of miles from the southern USA border - a "crisis", as Trump did in high profile campaign rallies created to turn out the GOP base.

It is possible in the United States of America.

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"Mia Love gave me no love and she lost", Trump said.

Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the House was slipping.

Despite the results, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "Tremendous success tonight".

Joining Davids as one of the first Indigenous women elected to Congress was fellow Democrat Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who will represent New Mexico's first district.

Some hurt worse than others. That message, Ingraham said, is going to be a "tough sell" in 2020.

The president said he shares those goals, but will only play ball if they agree not to investigate him.

Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote.

One of Trump's most vocal defenders on immigration, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, lost his bid for governor.

O'Rourke had told voters that Trump was wrong and described Texas as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees". So this was a five-point decline from what was already a low 2016 number.

He noted that former President Obama lost a net 63 House seats in the 2010 midterm election and former President Bill Clinton lost 54 in the 1994 midterm election, but Trump only lost less than 30 seats.

"Some are calling (this) the biggest referendum on a president in recent memory", commented CNN in a report on the last-minute campaigns to persuade undecided voters.

Democrats won the House, which will change hands for the third time in 12 volatile years, by performing strongly in suburban areas where Trump's flaming rhetoric is toxic.

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