Republicans retain control of US Senate

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

While an August poll by Rasmussen Report indicated Trump's approval rating among African Americans doubled year-on-year to reach 36 percent, most analysts still believe African Americans belong to the Democratic camp. But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.

Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to control the House and gain a check on President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, the president telephoned House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship.

Trump was expected to address the results in greater detail at a White House news conference later Wednesday.

That state's Democratic senator, Bill Nelson, also suffered a narrow loss at the hands of Republican opponent Rick Scott, with all signs pointing towards the GOP actually widening its Senate majority as Democratic Sen. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise.

Heading into Election Day, Democrats were not expected to fare as well in the Senate as in the House of Representatives. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to.

Trump's racially tinged anti-immigrant appeals could hurt Republican candidates in swing states like Arizona and Nevada where college-educated voters could be decisive, but his rhetoric could help in deeply conservative areas. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers. The House was also getting its first two Muslim women, MA elected its first black congresswoman, and Tennessee got its first female senator. Long lineups formed throughout the day in New Hampshire, Georgia, Texas and elsewhere, while other districts reported unprecedented levels of voter interest - Democrat campaign workers at one northern Virginia location cited a 63 per cent spike in interest over previous years.

DFLers took charge by unseating some longtime House incumbents in what had been safe Republican districts before Trump was elected.

Another demographic factor key to the Democrats is the number of women voters.

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through the two dozen suburban districts Clinton won and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago. Democrats won seats stretching from suburban Washington, New York and Philadelphia to outside Miami, Chicago and Denver.

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In Nevada, another purple state, Democrats defeated an incumbent Republican senator (Dean Heller) and captured the governorship. Congress: Ilhan Omar, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war, and Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

Both parties have claimed major victories. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to minimize Democratic gains in that chamber, but called retaining control of the Senate a "huge moment and victory for the president".

Firstly, it would mean the party could block legislation proposed by the president. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Republican Josh Hawley defeating Democratic Sen.

Some hurt worse than others.

In Texas, Sen Ted Cruz staved off a tough challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, whose record-smashing fundraising and celebrity have set off buzz he could be a credible 2020 White House contender.

Curbelo, a moderate and critic of President Donald Trump, was trying to defy the political winds against Trump. Almost 4 in 10 said they were casting ballots to express opposition to him, while just 1 in 4 said their vote was an expression of support.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

"Typically, independents and younger voters tend to turn out less in these off-term, midterm congressional years", said Carleton University politics professor Melissa Haussman.

"Even though I'm not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot", Mr Trump said during a tele-town hall meeting organised by his re-election campaign on Monday to encourage Republicans to get out and vote.

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

How close are the elections going to be? And in an upset in largely red Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Trump favorite Kris Kobach.

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