Democrats scent victory over Trump's Republicans in Congress

Democrats scent victory over Trump's Republicans in Congress

The Democrats may have taken control of the House of Representatives, but the Republicans retained control of Senate and Sarah Huckabee Sanders came forward to go give us an update on what Donald Trump was doing Tuesday night as the results were announced.

In this regularly updated post we will note competitive Senate races that have been called by a major media outlet (most often the Associated Press) as having been decided, with some additional information on the significance of the particular result.

Tuesday's result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician, after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.

Democrats claimed the first of the net 23 seats they need for a House majority after a CNN projection that Jennifer Wexton, who got a campaign visit from former President Barack Obama on Monday, will defeat Republican Barbara Comstock for her seat in Virginia. The party has pledged to check the president's power and start a slew of investigations on matters including his tax returns, Russian involvement in the 2016 election and actions by his administration.

Daniel McAdams, executive director at the Ron Paul Institute, agrees, noting that the Democrats "ran a terrible campaign" under the slogan "Trump is racist, vote for me".

A blue takeover of Congress would have been a disaster for the president - and increased the chances of his opponents launching efforts to remove him from office through impeachment.

Voters go to a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Americans have "had enough of division", declaring: "Tomorrow will be a new day in America".

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

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But the Democrats' push into President Trump country remained uncertain.

Democrat Ed Rendell served as Pennsylvania's 45th governor and also served as mayor of Philadelphia. Two independents, Jason Grenn from Anchorage and Dan Ortiz from Ketchikan, and three Republicans, Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage, Paul Seaton of Homer and Louise Stutes of Kodiak, joined with Democrats for a 22-18 majority coalition caucus. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by alarm over Trump's rise. But more significantly, polls suggest that Trump will lose control of the House of Representatives in today's vote. The issue most commonly mentioned by voters as the most important one facing the country was health care (42 percent), and among voters who said so, 76 percent voted for the Democratic candidate for the House. Republicans now hold a 51-49 edge in Senate seats and are a strong favourite to retain control of the legislative body.

In some House races, Democratic challengers had a three-to-one cash advantage over the incumbent Republicans they were trying to unseat.

Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign lost. They also suffered a stinging loss in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor.

Meanwhile, several 2020 presidential prospects easily won re-election, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren in MA, according to CNN projections.

Every seat in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.

"Many factors favor Democrats".

Long hours spent battling congressional committee requests are a certainty with an opposition-controlled House.

"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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