Trump hails Senate wins despite losses in the House

Desiree Burns
November 8, 2018

"Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he tweeted ahead of a scheduled White House press conference at the time of writing.

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.

"I think the key principle is that we've got to make progress on the real problems of the country".

The president told reporters at the White House that he won despite historic odds. And it seems highly unlikely any Republican will vote for the woman their party has demonized in thousands of campaign ads.

He said that "two can play that game!"

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi promised that her party would serve as a counterweight to the White House.

Control of the committees - where the three lawmakers are now the highest-ranking Democrats - will hand them the unilateral power to issue subpoenas if they wish, as well as to demand documents and testimony from White House officials and important figures in Trump's campaign team and businesses.With control of the legislative apparatus in the House, they will also have more money and staff for investigations.

Aides said the president was delighted at the projected victories by Republican Senate candidates he had campaigned for, such as Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rick Scott of Florida, Mike Braun of IN and Josh Hawley of Missouri, as well as Republican Brian Kemp's victory IN the Georgia governor's race.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. In New York, Max Rose, a health care executive and Army veteran, ousted Representative Dan Donovan, the only Republican member of New York City's congressional delegation, in a race that analysts had said leaned Republican. No, seriously: If the Senate consisted exclusively of the states that elected senators yesterday, the Democrats would have a majority of legislators to match their majority of votes. -Mexican border, the handling of last year's Hurricane Maria crisis in the island territory of Puerto Rico, and alleged conflicts of interest between Trump's businesses and his presidency.

Democrats ended their eight year minority by picking off Republicans in urban and suburban swing districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

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Mr Trump has threatened to retaliate for any Democratic investigations with his own probes in the Senate into alleged "leaks of classified information".

In his first reaction to a mixed night, Trump chose to celebrate Republican successes.

Who are the new faces in Congress?

The president criticized Republican candidates who apparently did not support him enough and lost congressional seats in Tuesday's elections. The Republicans' three-seat expansion is a contrast to the 18 total seats lost by the Democrats in midterm elections in the Senate since 2010.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman.

What's happening in governors' races?

Voters will also elect 36 governors and hundreds of state and local government representatives.

In Florida, a progressive Democrat conceded after an ugly battle against Trumpist conservative Ron DeSantis. Next year they will have far more power in USA politics, and the Republicans far less.

Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.

Several ambitious Democrats easily won re-election, including presidential prospects Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

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