Election 2018: GOP holds Senate, Democrats move closer in House

Election 2018: GOP holds Senate, Democrats move closer in House

Election 2018: GOP holds Senate, Democrats move closer in House

The results of the 2018 midterm elections are a referendum against U.S. president Donald Trump's policies with the Democratic victory in the House of Representatives with 223 seats-results in five seats are still pending-and the Republicans narrowly expanding their majority in the Senate.

"It may not be a blue wave, it's a rainbow wave", he said.

The mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Trump's presidency showed the limits of his hardline immigration rhetoric in today's political landscape.

Blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.

A total of 51 seats were won by the Republican party, 44 by the Democrats and two by other parties.

At the same time, there could be regular reports about what the committee staff has found in subpoenaed records - perhaps Trump's tax returns, his company's internal financial documents, the records of his various oligarch partners in the former Soviet Union, and e-mails and other digital messages between Trump's team and people in Russian Federation. But in reality, it wasn't - it was a bad loss, a repudiation; the real weakness evident in the two parts of the country where he needs to win to get re-elected suggests Trump will just be a weakened president over the next two years.

The 2010 election results-even more than the 2014 polls-was voters expressing their dissatisfaction with Obama's policies, healthcare in particular.

That leaves the one place of true competition, the suburban voters, many of whom have long favoured Republicans but who staged a revolt against the President by voting for Democratic candidates.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout.

Also among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House - Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico - and the first two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman.

Obama held campaign rallies for losing candidates Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, Democrat candidate for Governor Richard Cordray in Ohio, Democrat candidate for governor in Florida Andrew Gillum, and Democrat candidate for governor in Georgia Stacey Abrams.

The president instead focused on the Republicans' expanded Senate majority.

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

The shifts from Republican to Democrat were substantial in many of those districts.

Some of the most heated moments were triggered by questions on whether the Democrats will use their election gains to push for more investigations against Trump, with the presumed goal of impeachment.

"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".

In the Miami area, former Clinton administration Cabinet member Donna Shalala won an open seat, while GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo lost his bid for a third term in a nearby district. Those Illinois victories contributed to the Democrats winning control of the House.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!"

The result left Washington braced for the prospects of partisan warfare, with the Democrats poised take over House committees, giving them the power to hold hearings, call witnesses and issue subpoenas to administration officials.

"Take a hard look at the [House Democrats] elected to Congress next year", he said.

The best news for the Republicans is that they protected several of their own vulnerable chambers, including the Arizona Senate, the Iowa House, the Michigan House, the Minnesota Senate and the Wisconsin Senate.

"The American people like and respect fighters, and they have elected us to put a check on the executive branch", said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who, according to The Washington Post said he has been talking to his colleagues about pushing ahead with investigations of Trump, starting with his tax returns.

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