Republicans might lose House of majority in the USA elections

Republicans might lose House of majority in the USA elections

Republicans might lose House of majority in the USA elections

But when it came to candidates for state Senate, Democratic primary voters threw their weight behind progressive candidates, including 27-year-old democratic socialist Julia Salazar - who actively campaigned on issues like sex workers' rights and racial injustice - and Alessandra Biaggi, another millennial and first-time candidate. And in Tennessee, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a top Democratic recruit.

The 2018 midterm elections will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control Congress.

As one of the most volatile midterm elections in US history wound down, the Democrats drew ever closer to the 218 seats needed for a majority, with dozens of races still undecided. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts. But the majority said he was a factor - with about one-third of them saying their vote was to support Trump and another one-third saying they voted to express opposition to the president. And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms.

A few had already won re-election Tuesday, including in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

More than half of Florida voters, 51%, approve of the job Trump is doing as President, compared to 48% who do not. They needed to claim just two seats to win, but they also had to hold on to at least six states where they faced tough challenges from Republicans.

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

The governor focused much of his campaign on his opposition to President Donald Trump and Trump's policies, and he continued that in his victory speech, at times addressing the president directly, saying NY is not "buying" what Trump is selling. Two Democratic women veterans with viral web videos - MJ Hegar in Texas Amy McGrath in Kentucky - lost their races in traditionally Republican districts.

The opposite trends in the House and the Senate speak to the quirks of the political system but also the growing divide between urban, diverse, more affluent Democratic areas and largely white, rural conservative regions.

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The Democratic gains were fuelled by women, young and Hispanic voters, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll found. Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared to 49% in the 2014 midterm congressional election.

In theory, the new Democratic majority would have the capacity to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump should there be sufficient grounds in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

"I'm convinced he has no idea what's about to happen: The fact that the House now has wide-ranging authority to investigate every inch of his administration".

All of it leaves Trump a more dominant force in the party than he was even two years ago.

While a Democratic victory was far from guaranteed, the party had been viewed as a slight favorite to win the House on Election Day.

Tuesday's elections also tested the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender, and especially education. In that state, Republican Mike Braun was declared as the victor over Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

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

"There will be, I imagine, great introspection within the Trump White House", said Gearan, who is now the director of the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.

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