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Election 2018: GOP holds Senate, Democrats move closer in House

08 Novembre 2018

In turn, Trump began trying out defensive arguments ahead of Election Day, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate.

"Yes, I think we will", Neal said at a press conference.

It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor.

In Minnesota, Omar, a 36-year-old naturalized American citizen and state representative, campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal health care, free college tuition and robust public housing.

The loss of the House is a serious blow to Trump who must now brace for the novel experience of oversight from Capitol Hill with Democratic committee chairmen promising constraints on his power that the GOP never attempted.

President Trump says House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi "has earned the great honor" of being Speaker of the House.

His back-and-forth with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over Trump's hard-line immigration rhetoric grew especially heated, with Trump labeling the reporter a "very rude person" and saying the outlet "should be ashamed of itself" for employing him.

"I thought it was very close to a complete victory", Trump said.

"I think it is a reminder that it has to be done so that legally it meets the law", Neal said.

But he said that if Democrats start serving legal writs against him, Republicans would retaliate in kind.

Trump reeled off a shopping list of disadvantages he claimed that the Republicans had faced going into Tuesday's vote, including "wealthy donors and special interests" for the Democrats, and "very hostile media coverage". "That is possible", he told a news conference at the White House. He said he would "certainly have an open mind" about releasing them when the IRS audit ends. You are a rude, awful person, you shouldn't be working for CNN.

"Those are some of the people that, you know, have decided for their own reason not to embrace, whether it's me or what we stand for", the president said.

"That's enough, put down the mic", Trump said.

Although Republicans lost their majority in the House to Democrats, they were able to increase their margin in the Senate by several seats and win other key state and gubernatorial races.

Democrats needed to pick up two dozen seats to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate.

Elijah Cummings, now the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, also has a wish list of probes, including Mr Trump's apparent interference in a plan to build a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; drug pricing under the Trump administration; and the mishandling of the deadly 2017 hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico.

Trump offered an olive branch to House Democrats as an alternative to an investigative face-off.

"We'll fill in the gaps on the Russian Federation investigations", he said of the Mueller probe.

Trump's personal income taxes, which he withheld during the 2016 campaign and in his two years in office, are expected to be the purview of the House Ways and Means Committee.

"If that happens, we will do the same thing and government comes to a halt and I'll blame them", Trump told reporters.

Men, meanwhile, were about evenly split, with 50 percent voting for Republicans to 48 percent choosing Democrats.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.

But she added: "A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together, because we have all had enough of division".

But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep political divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race.

Election 2018: GOP holds Senate, Democrats move closer in House