Democrats take the House, but there was no landslide - Nordea Markets

09 November, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Tony Evers Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin speaks at a rally in Milwaukee. Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker

With control of Congress, statehouses and the president's agenda at stake, some of the nation's top elections were too close to call.

Four tight races in California are still counting ballots and could go either way.

Ms Pelosi - who is set to become speaker, a position she held from 2007 to 2011 - told supporters: "Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans". The loss of 26 seats in the House, meanwhile, is dwarfed by the 63 seats lost by President Barack Obama in 2010 and the 52 seats lost by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

"It's a huge moment and victory for the president", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the White House Tuesday night.

Trump drives voters to the polls, but that cuts both ways. 25 per cent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate.

"Tremendous success tonight", Trump said.

Trump said he wouldn't cooperate with Democrats on policy matters if they torment him with inquiries, adding they would risk public "investigation fatigue" and retribution from the Republican-controlled Senate.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

With Democrats seizing control of the U.S. House in the midterm elections, several members of the MA delegation, including Neal, stand to emerge as powerful players on Capitol Hill in the 2019-2020 Congress. Rep. Jim McGovern, of Worcester, is likely to chair the influential Rules Committee.

For example, Cummings and other Democratic lawmakers a year ago filed a federal lawsuit demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president. Democrats regained control of the House, while the GOP maintained control of the Senate.

The Republican party has now been pushed into a minority, but they gathered strength in the Senate.

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The USMCA's chances were already far from assured before the Democrats took the House.

With majority subpoena power, it's expected that Democrats are prepared to launch investigations into Trump, his policies and his Cabinet members. Republicans have picked up at least one seat in the Senate, with races in Arizona and MS remaining undecided. Compared to the 2014 midterms, Democratic turnout was greater in several states: namely Arizona, Georgia, Texas and Florida.

The President said: "They can play that game, but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate".

In fact, the incumbent president's party has lost an average of 37 seats in midterm elections since WWII.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

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.

Most past presidents have suffered reversals during the midterms.

Weinfeld said he was not surprised Democrats fell short of a majority in the House, and few experts predicted the party would take the Senate. Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy came out as gay while he was in office, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who is bisexual, won in 2016, but Jared Polis will be the first man to win a governorship as an out gay man. Polis has been in Congress since 2009. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury. Young people (who typically vote Democrat) turned up in record numbers this year, but so too did rural white Americans, who may not have voted prior to supporting Trump in 2016.

A Republican governorship majority coupled with GOP victories in gubernatorial races in battleground states may also boost Trump in 2020, since governors hold veto power over redistricting measures.

A record-setting number of women won seats in Congress on Tuesday night in the midterm elections. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends.

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