The Democrats in the age of Trump

Irving Hamilton
November 7, 2018

Democrats struck early in the battle for the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, but faced an uphill climb to capture the Senate after Republican Mike Braun knocked off incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

The incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is seen as vulnerable and may lose her seat to her Republican challenger Josh Hawley.

In September alone, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, called for the panel to issue subpoenas to the Trump administration on seven different investigations, ranging from immigration to Obamacare.

Four GOP seats in Orange County, including two where the incumbent Republicans retired, were in play, along with three other seats to the north beyond Los Angeles and into the Central Valley.

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Trump won Texas with more than 52% of the vote in 2016. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who advocates gun control, poured millions into House races for Democrats, offsetting the big-dollar spending to save Republicans by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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President Barack Obama told an IL rally, "They have declared war on Obamacare, they've declared war on the Affordable Care Act and all the provisions in it".

High-profile races for governor in Georgia, Florida and OH also were too close to call.

Still, his xenophobic rhetoric has been unprecedented for an American president in the modern era: "Barbed wire used properly can be a lovely sight", Trump told voters in Montana.

Down the stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American "mobs".

Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat who lost in a closely watched bid to dethrone Republican Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, told voters that Trump was wrong, describing his state as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".

Trump has headlined 30 rallies in two months and packed out arenas of adoring fans.

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Drawing attention like few other midterm contests, the election has pitted competing visions of the country against each other, with race often being front and centre, punctuated by two racially tinged crimes. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

Fox News can now project that the Democratic Party will retake control of the United States House of Representatives.

"They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want", the president said, according to a pool report. If Democrats manage to win the Senate, it would be a major setback for Republicans and a significant victory for a party that has been locked out of power in Washington since Trump won the White House. Five seats were up for grabs but likely to go to Republicans, according to CNN.

"We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections", the President said at a Missouri rally last week. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

A nationwide poll released Sunday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal details the depth of the demographic shifts.

Trump and Republicans appeared to have the economy on their side heading into the election: Unemployment in October held at a 48-year low of 3.7 percent.

"You're going out there, you're going to make sure that people vote to start making things better", Obama said.

The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump's biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.

"I think Trump is terrible", Reynolds said.

He deployed more than 5,000 troops to the border and suggested he may triple that number.

The president's strategy of emphasizing divisive issues risks backfiring on Republican candidates in suburban swing districts that probably will determine control of the House.

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