Here Are 9 Lessons from the 2018 Midterm Elections

Desiree Burns
November 8, 2018

President Trump held a news conference the day after Democrats regained control of the House in the midterm elections.

Pelosi spoke as Democrats closed in on control of the House.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organizer who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress.

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. He has yet to come up with a derogatory nickname for her, as he has with many of his other Democratic foes, although that could certainly change.

Like in the 2016 presidential election, rural areas went heavily for Republicans on Tuesday while urban areas broke towards the Democrats.

Instead, the wave turned into bubble and foam when, instead of simply holding their one-seat Senate majority, as nearly universally predicted, the GOP exceeded expectations, adding three new seats by the time the dust settled Wednesday in the vote tallying. Last month, a New York Times investigation into just a handful of Trump's tax returns from the 90s revealed a complicated scheme of "outright fraud" to evade paying taxes on his father's estate.

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.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey beat Republican challenger Bob Hugin to win a third term.

The Republican leader has previously said relatively little about his willingness to craft legislation to address high drug prices, despite the Trump administration's ongoing focus on the issue. John McCain, nominally a Republican, for contributing to the GOP's losing the House.

Democrat Abigail Spanberger of Virginia defeated Republican incumbent Dave Brat in suburban Richmond to put Democrats over the top.

The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Democrats capture House majority in rebuke to Trump, Republicans retain Senate
The GOP Senate victory was magnified because Democrats stood a solid chance of wresting control of the House from Republicans. He is more popular in IN, where 53% of voters approved and 47% disapprove, according to the exit poll data.

President Trump wasn't on the ballot Tuesday night, but he may as well have been.

At his watch party, Trump was upbeat.

Nothing demonstrates the divisions better than the nature of the House and Senate races.

At stake was control of at least one house in the United States Congress, and with it Trump's ability to drive ahead with an unconventional style of government that has divided Americans like rarely before. 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 disproportionate number of the seats up for election were in traditionally Republican states with Democratic incumbents.

Overall, women voted considerably more in favor of congressional Democratic candidates - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for Republicans, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

In suburban areas where key House races will be decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

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.

A Democrat-controlled House was expected to pursue anti-corruption and voter-rights legislation, and hold multiple investigations on controversial aspects of the Trump administration, not least being allegations of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation. All are Democrats. While Republicans also had some firsts - first female governor of South Dakota, first female senator from Tennessee - the Democratic wins showed a party that is embracing diversity, in stark contrast to the GOP.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman.

As the returns came in, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now.

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