Republicans Win Enough Red States To Expand Senate Control

08 November, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Wade Massey
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But with his party losing its majority in the House, the results represented a bitter setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

In fact, Trump's 51% approval in 2018 Florida exit polls is an improvement over the 49% of the vote he received in 2016 votes in Florida.

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

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

However, the ruling Republican Party retained its majority in the 100-member Senate where it now has a razor thin majority of 51-49 seats.

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. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout. If elected, the Democrat would be the first openly bisexual USA senator. The House was also getting its first two Muslim women, MA elected its first black congresswoman, and Tennessee got its first female senator. Three Democrats voted "present".

Republicans won Congress in 2010 and retook the Senate in 2014.

As Election Day unfolded, Democrats were increasingly confident on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates. Cynthia Nixon challenged Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo for NY governor.

Gridlock in Washington will all but eliminate the potential for more tax cuts, which Trump has called for and which many on Wall Street would like.

The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.

Trump had fought hard before polling day, crisscrossing the country to claim that Democrats would introduce socialism and making incendiary attacks on illegal immigration that opponents denounced as racist. While, Colorado Democrat Jared Polis has been elected as the first openly gay US Governor while, Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids became first Native American woman in Congress. At the same time, the nets said Republicans would hang onto control of the Senate.

"You see Americans come out and unanimously say they're proud of this president and what he has done in the two years".

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In the Senate, where Democrats were defending seats in 10 states that Trump won in 2016, Republicans ousted four incumbent Democrats: Bill Nelson in Florida, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Some hurt worse than others.

In Texas, Republican Ted Cruz Cruz was projected to beat his challenger, Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke.

Trump and his allies have been working to whip up conservative voters into a furor ahead of the midterms.

"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, Head Of Equity Derivatives Strategy At Weeden & Co, New York.

If they do indeed gain significant majorities, Democrats have talked about a broad health-care expansion, new environmental legislation and possibly a tax on capital gains. "Nearly two-thirds of those voters said Mr. Trump was a factor".

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.

"As President, Donald J. Trump has headlined an unprecedented 50 rallies - 30 in the last two months alone - and he has campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government".

Trump did not care for the soft-focus ad, which notably did not mention him, according to a person familiar with the president's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The septuagenarian also would exert influence over writing laws on guns, immigration policy and voting rights. Minnesota and Montana are close, with a less than five percent gap between approval and disapproval. For presidents with approval ratings below 50%, like Trump, the average loss was 37 House seats.

Democrats were gaining speed in their quest for the House, which would give them the ability to launch investigations into the president and stymie his agenda. Kamala Harris, former New York City Mayor Tom Steyer and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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

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