Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Democrats Are Now Projected to Take Back the House

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Deanna Wagner | 08 November, 2018, 10:30

The Republican Party maintained control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, while Democrats marched toward control of the House, a prospect that would stop almost all of President Donald Trump's agenda in its tracks.

A loss of the House will also trigger significant second guessing of the President's tactics, given that he chose not to make the booming economy his primary midterm argument, instead turning to a searing indictment of Democrats focusing on immigration and laden with racial language. Political gridlock between the White House and Congress could hinder Trump's pro-business agenda and raise concerns about USA political instability, but investors may have already priced this in.

Indeed, the election was in many ways a referendum on the president himself, two years after he beat most predictions and took the White House, even as he lost the popular vote. Money from both sides has poured into the race, which broke the record for the most expensive race for a House seat in history.

News is projecting that the Democratic Party will gain at least the 23 seats that it needs to take back the House of Representatives. All 435 seats in the House, 35 Senate seats and 36 governorships are up for grabs on Tuesday.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib are also expected to make history in Minnesota and MI respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

What's happening in Senate races?

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

In Indiana, conservative challenger Mike Braun delivered the first upset to Senate Democrats, taking out incumbent Sen.

Jay Ghazal, a political consultant and former Congressional aide says the Democratic majority in the House will also have some effects on Trump's foreign policy: "The House will be able to vote to increase foreign aid, something the president has been cutting".

Texas candidates Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz (top), and Missouri candidates Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley (bottom) are in two of many very close Senate races that will be resolved as votes roll in.

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Republicans held on to the upper chamber with key victories in Indiana, Texas and North Dakota.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has won election to US Senate from Utah, as expected.

It's a tale of two chambers.

Suddenly about mid-evening, before the Rocky Mountain and West Coast polls even closed, the ABC News forecast gave the GOP a 94.7 percent chance of maintaining control of the Senate. The only question now is the size of his party's advantage.

The result upends the balance of power in Washington, where Trump has enjoyed an easy ride from Republican dominance of both houses of Congress since his shock election in 2016. He was among 10 Senate Democrats fighting for survival in states Trump carried, including five by margins of at least 19 percentage points, though most were expected to run strongly. In Virginia, Illinois and Florida, moderate Republicans lost.

It will also determine whether Senate Democrats can launch investigations into controversies that have surrounded Trump while he has been in office and before he was elected, including allegations surrounding obstruction of justice, Trump's finances and potential Russian collusion. With that comes the ability to stop the Trump legislative agenda in its tracks and puts some teeth in congressional oversight of his administration.

After a campaign in which Trump was accused of race-baiting with repeated and unsubstantiated references to an "invasion" of undocumented immigrants bent on rape and murder, left-right divisions in America could not be deeper.

While these were the first two districts to flip, Democratic leaders had appeared positive throughout the day on Tuesday.

The governor's races also have far-reaching consequences. In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis becamethe nation's first openly gay governor. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.