What's at stake in the USA mid-term elections

Erika Holt
November 9, 2018

Republicans are expected to retain their majority in the Senate, where 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who advocates gun control, poured millions into House races for Democrats, offsetting the big-dollar spending to save Republicans by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan. But Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, whom Tlaib defeated in the Democratic primaries in August, ran as an independent. A disproportionate number of the seats up for election were in traditionally Republican states with Democratic incumbents.

Mr Trump attended three rallies on the final day of campaigning, telling his supporters: "Everything we have achieved is at stake tomorrow". Two-thirds of voters said that they decided how to vote before the last month of the election.

Voting is underway in America as voters cast their ballot in the first national elections since Donald Trump captured the White House in 2016.

Almost 40% of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Mr Trump. Seven in 10 voters said they wanted "moderate" or "strong" regulations and restrictions for firearms, the poll found.

Campaigns unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term.

"The president absolutely is the focal point".

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, but the GOP's hold on power was further weakened by an unusually large number of retirements as well as infighting between conservatives and centrists over their allegiance to Trump.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won re-election.

"Senate Democrats faced the most hard political map in 60 years", said Sen. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges. There are now 236 Republicans, 193 Democrats and six vacancies.

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Then he unleashed a torrent of 17 retweets of his postings from the last few days. recalling his rallies. blasting Democrats and endorsing a number of Republican candidates. All 435 seats are being contested today.

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar were easily re-elected. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.

Other 2020 prospects on the ballot included New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The party in the White House often loses seats after a president's first two years in office, even if the president isn't a controversial figure like Trump.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress.

If Republicans maintain their hold on both the Senate and the House of Representatives, they could build on their agenda and that of President Trump. And they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Some Democrats have vowed to force the release of his tax returns. The outcome represents a significant victory for the GOP and President Donald Trump. The polls favor the California Democrat delegation expanding by flipping one to five GOP seats. Voters across the state were asked to consider six changes to the state Constitution - proposals that required explanation on the ballot. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Jay Hutchins, a 49-year-old Democrat who voted in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, is among those dissatisfied with Trump and the Republican-led Congress. 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.

Tuesday's results will be colored by the dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and Senate.

Speaking to reporters in Madrid on Tuesday, Lavrov lamented that Russian-American ties have become "hostage to internal political squabbles in America". They also made inroads into Trump country as Democrats tried to win back white working-class voters.

Meanwhile, two of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats - North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Missouri's Claire McCaskill - will be nervously waiting for the results to trickle in.

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