US Midterm elections 2018: Democrats retake House, Republicans keep Senate

US Midterm elections 2018: Democrats retake House, Republicans keep Senate

US Midterm elections 2018: Democrats retake House, Republicans keep Senate

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

Democrats won a number of historically Republican districts including many that Trump carried just two years ago. Their hopes of reaching into Tennessee and even Texas to pick up seats crashed against stubborn realities.

The Democrats picked up at least 23 House seats on Tuesday and appeared on track to retake control of the chamber, a victory that could put a check on President Donald Trump's agenda over the next two years and lead to a multitude of investigations into his business dealings and administration. At least seven of the new members have said they won't support Pelosi in the leadership elections set to be held in late November.

But Republicans struck back in the 100-member Senate, where they ousted at least two Democrats, in IN and North Dakota, and held on to at-risk seats in Tennessee and Texas.

In the final stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of what he called USA liberal "mobs".

"Either straight-up resign, or tell me when in the last decade Republicans have showed even the remotest spirit of bipartisanship when they held the reins", wrote another user cited by the Chronicle.

The swing in the House came as Democrats overcame gerrymandered districts in a number of states to win seats that in normal election years were out of their reach.

The California Democrat said at a press conference earlier in the day, the midterm elections were "about health care" and a referendum on Republican efforts to scrap Obamacare.

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.

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Despite waves of losses in the House there were bright spots to celebrate for the Republicans in the Senate.

As Election Day unfolded, Democrats were increasingly confident, predicting a House majority on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

But Mr. Trump isn't the only Republican in the executive branch with cause for concern - Democrats are also poised to launch or continue probes into Cabinet-level secretaries and federal agencies. Voters agree. Two-thirds of those casting ballots said their vote was about Trump, according to preliminary exit polls posted by CNN. Democrats relied more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates. State Rep. Matt Castlen, R-Owensboro defeated Democrat Bob Glenn, an Owensboro city commissioner, for the seat vacated by Sen.

They may make fresh targets for his divisive rhetoric. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by alarm over Trump's rise. Some high profile senators are expected to be among that growing pool of candidates in the Democratic presidential primary. If she returns as leader, it's easy to imagine Pelosi courting Trump's support on shared priorities ahead of the 2020 election, like a big infrastructure package or lower prescription drug prices that eluded past presidents - the kind of bipartisanship voters say they want from Washington.

Democratic control of the House would break the GOP's monopoly on power in Washington and would nearly certainly lead to an onslaught of investigations of President Trump's businesses and his administration.

The Senate is 14-6 Republican. She also tamped down liberal cries for Trump's impeachment. Mr. Trump himself admitted the 10 percent tax cuts he wanted for the middle class likely won't happen without Republicans at the helm.

In the leadup to the election, Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House could slip away.

"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.

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