Republican Donald Trump elected President of the United States of America

Jeannie Matthews
November 9, 2018

The results of the 2018 midterm elections are a referendum against U.S. 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 majority party in the House controls nearly all of the subpoena power and other investigative tools.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also issued a warning for Democrats on Wednesday morning. 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.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high. They begged Trump to emphasize the economy during his rallies.

Still, he celebrated GOP success hanging on to the Senate and distanced himself from any blame.

Holding the Senate gives Trump the opportunity to continue the historic pace of judicial nominations that have dominated the chamber's calendar in recent months.

Liberal hearts were broken when Democratic phenomenon Beto O'Rourke failed in his bid to upset Senator Ted Cruz in traditionally conservative Texas.

Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a handsome, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and healthcare.

Bob Corker didn't seek reelection in Tennessee and was replaced by staunchly pro-Trump Marsha Blackburn. In the Rustbelt/Midwest Democrats won Senate races in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming by large margins; and also won governor's races in and Michigan and Minnesota by very large margins. This was particularly evident in the race for governor of Florida.

Early voting alone eclipsed the total number of votes in some states during the 2014 midterm.

Speaking at a wide-ranging White House press conference, Trump, by turns combative and conciliatory, said Democrats and Republicans should set aside partisanship to work together.

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Fifty-seven percent of white voters expressed approval of the president on border security. But in reality, it wasn't - it was a bad loss, a repudiation; the real weakness evident in the two parts of the country where he needs to win to get re-elected suggests Trump will just be a weakened president over the next two years. "His numbers went up and ours went down, and we under-performed in the next election".

Now that Democrats have won control of the U.S. House of Representatives, they will be able to force administration officials to testify and provide documents.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.

It's telling that one of the strongest rebukes of Trump's comments about Love and other Republicans who lost on Tuesday came from Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Penn.), who said on Twitter that he was "disgusted" by the performance.

Democrats will hold at least 21 seats in the 35-seat Senate and appeared poised to take at least 81 seats in the 151-seat House, with some results still pending in a handful of races, and others were still too close to call.

In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar. In Virginia's 10th District in the D.C. suburbs, Democrats ran ads against ousted in GOP Rep. Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Kamala Harris (CA), and Bernie Sanders (VT). Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Trump's personal income taxes, which he withheld during the 2016 campaign and in his two years in office, are expected to be the purview of the House Ways and Means Committee. He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends.

Republicans complain that Democrats are mostly interested in assembling a case to impeach Trump. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates. He lost the state by half a percentage point.

Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda. But in states where it mattered most for Senate races, he had higher support. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Republican Josh Hawley defeating Democratic Sen.

The result confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots. Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives.

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