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Trump's new nightmare: Democrats to probe 'conflicts of interest'

Voters go to a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections on Nov. 6 2018 in Phoenix Arizona Voters go to a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections on Nov. 6 2018 in Phoenix Arizona
Gustavo Carr | 08 November, 2018, 10:56

But with the country more deeply divided than ever along partisan lines, it's likely that gridlock, rather than cooperation, will be the dominant theme of the next two years with Democrats newly in control of the House pitted against the Republican-held Senate.

"GOP needs to do better than 200 House seats and 47 percent of the popular vote".

The biggest problem with this sort of analysis is that the Democrats.won most of yesterday's Senate races.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 per cent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine's easy win in Virginia proved that it's now pretty much a blue state, while Republicans' near-total romp in OH showed that it may be turning red. Women, metropolitan voters, and university graduates are far more likely to vote Democrat; men, remote and regional Americans, and people without a college degree are more likely to support Trump.

The Republican Senate candidate was also leading in Arizona while Democrats picked up a Republican Senate seat in Nevada.

They can subpoena documents like President Trump's tax returns.

Though it must drive anti-Trumpers up the wall, the fact is that Mr. Trump's party did not lose anything close to the 50-60 plus House seats Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama lost two years after winning the White House.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey faced a federal corruption trial in 2017.

After two years of being blocked by the White House and the Trump Organisation at every turn, Democrats hope the new year brings a new day on such issues as foreign government spending at Trump properties, Trump's foreign licensing deals, Trump administration ties to lobbyists and special interests, and spending by Trump's charitable foundation.

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

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In the Miami area, former Clinton administration Cabinet member Donna Shalala won an open seat, while GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo lost his bid for a third term in a nearby district.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

The midterms also featured some potentially historic candidates, including Stacey Abrams, who would be the first black woman to be governor of Georgia if she won. To get even with Trump, Mr. McCain had cast the vote that killed the Obamacare replacement that House Republicans finally, after years of dithering, had passed.

Fox News' Election Night coverage got pretty awkward on Tuesday, with anchor Chris Wallace completely shutting down host Laura Ingraham's analysis of the results.

So yes, during his post-midterms press conference on November 7, Trump tried to claim that the 2018 election was a good one for him. Among those expected: Vice-President Mike Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the president.

Although Ronald Reagan would be aghast at Trump's protectionism and exclusionary nativism, the GOP is now Trump's party.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans". But Mr. Wallace was right in saying the Democrats' smart recruitment of military vets and moderate women helped the Democrats to flip the House. A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount.

Democrats were most optimistic about the House, a sprawling battlefield set largely in America's suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump's turbulent presidency, despite the strength of the national economy. Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago.

The reason the Republicans wound up gaining seats is because most of those Democratic victories came in states they already held.

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

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019.