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Midterm elections 2018: Trump's Republicans hold on to Senate

08 Novembre 2018

In the one of the most eagerly-anticipated USA midterm elections in recent memory, the Democrats were on course to gain the 23 seats they needed to capture the Republican-held House. In addition, Fox News is calling this for the Democrats. Democrats will also be able to halt many items on Trump's legislative agenda, border wall funding, and a new middle-class tax cut.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Republican Whip Steve Scalise said the president's rallies were building momentum and with the economy a selling point, he predicted his party would retain a slim majority.

The mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Trump's presidency underscored the limits of his hardline immigration rhetoric in America's evolving political landscape, where college-educated voters in the nation's suburbs rejected his warnings of a migrant "invasion".

And Rep. Adam Schiff, slated to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to probe alleged Trump campaign-Russia collusion.

Minority Leader of the House and potential next Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a speech that exuded confidence of success for the Democrats after her party were projected to take control of the chamber.

She says Democrats will find common ground when they can and stand their ground when necessary. You see the results of that hard work paying off tonight. In District 16, Democrat Tammy Story has a 13 percent lead over incumbent Republican Tim Neville, with 55 percent of the vote as of 10:36 p.m. on Election Night.

Trump tweeted late Tuesday, seemingly choosing to focus on the Senate results.

History was working against the president in both the House and the Senate: The president's party has traditionally suffered deep losses in his first midterm election, and 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

By capturing the House of Representatives, the Democrats may exert a major institutional check on Trump and break the Republican monopoly in Washington. An open seat that included Atlantic City was also ripe for Democratic pickup by state lawmaker Jeff Van Drew after the Republican campaign committee abandoned Republican Seth Grossman over racially charged comments.

Republicans will maintain control of the Senate for at least two more years, after Democratic losses in Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, North Dakota - states that Trump won by double digits in 2016.

Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign lost.

The president's impact played out differently in the roughly 80 competitive House races and more than a dozen close Senate contests.

Trump's influence likely helped lift some Republican candidates to victory: Braun and Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race, for example. Trump was badly underwater among women voters - who favor Democrats 62% to 35% - a gender gap, that if borne out by real votes, could prove devastating to Republican hopes. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL.

Republicans banked on those dynamics being offset by a vibrant economy and by a president whose insult-laden approach to political discourse was as stirring for conservative voters as it was infuriating to liberals.

But the Democrats' push into Trump country remained uncertain.

A record number of candidates identifying as "LGBT" ran for office this election cycle, and several of them will soon take office.

Republicans will keep control of the Senate but the House is likely to be won by the Democrats. Such a development would divide control of the USA legislature and hinder President Donald Trump's policy agenda for the next two years. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings. At the same time, the nets said Republicans would hang onto control of the Senate.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, was aiming to become the state's first African-American chief executive, and the intense and acrimonious race was marred by charges of racist campaign tactics.

Pelosi said the election Tuesday was about more than Republicans and Democrats.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, U.S. rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting. Stay with us for further updates.

"What I would want people to know is that they come after me because they're afraid of me, because I'm good at what I do", she said.

Midterm elections 2018: Trump's Republicans hold on to Senate