Democrats take House, Republicans retain Senate - US media

07 November, 2018, 09:16 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • In big test for Donald Trump presidency mid-term elections in US today

If Democrats manage to win the Senate, it would be a major setback for Republicans and a significant victory for a party that has been locked out of power in Washington since Trump won the White House.

Tuesday's result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician, after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

If Democrats do manage to take the House, they will be in position to provide the first institutional check on Trump's presidency - a role Republicans have chosen not to play given his political dominance on the right.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Daniel McAdams, executive director at the Ron Paul Institute, agrees, noting that the Democrats "ran a disgusting campaign" under the slogan "Trump is racist, vote for me". But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The first polling stations closed at 6:00 pm Eastern time (2300 GMT) in parts of Kentucky and in, with the last to close seven hours later in Alaska, and results trickling in through the evening.

As the results poured in, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump is ready to deal if Democrats are.

US President Donald Trump has taken credit for the stock market's gains during his almost two years in the White House, and those claims are reasonable given the impact of tax cuts and pro-business policies on investor sentiment.

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.




Republican Mike Braun opened an early lead in the crucial Senate showdown in IN with incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, but the race was too close to call with just 9 per cent of the votes in. An open seat that included Atlantic City was also ripe for Democratic pickup by state lawmaker Jeff Van Drew after the GOP campaign committee abandoned Republican Seth Grossman over racially charged comments.

Of course it is possible that again, undecided voters will break for Trump and the Republican vote will be higher than expected in today's midterm elections.

Opinion polls and election forecasters favor Democrats to pick up the minimum of 23 seats they need on Tuesday to capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration. "That means that in order to take control of the House, Democrats will probably have to win the national vote by at least 5-6pp".

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency. The DSCC this week reminded reporters that two years ago, analysts were wondering whether the GOP would be on the cusp of a 60-seat Senate, given the favorable map: 26 Democrat-held seats, many in states Mr. Trump won in 2016, compared with just nine GOP-held seats. In that state, Republican Mike Braun was declared as the victor over Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign lost.

Three states could elect their first African-American governors, while several others were running LGBT candidates and Muslims.

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.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 governorships were up for grabs.

Democrats have so far managed to win a net of 13 seats, many of which run though suburban areas. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America's suburbs.

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