Trump faces restraints as Dems seize House

Frederick Owens
November 8, 2018

The first national elections since Mr Trump captured the White House in a 2016 upset have become a referendum on the polarising president, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box.

As to the Senate, Republicans have a much better chance of keeping control. If Bredesen wins, he'll be Tennessee's first Democrat Senator since Al Gore in the early 1990s.

In one of the first key House races to be called, Democrat Jennifer Wexton scored a victory for her party by defeating incumbent GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in a suburban Virginia district that had been was considered a bellwether by both parties. When the Cook Report classified Menendez's race as a toss-up recently, things got tense for Democrats over a race that under normal circumstances they would have won going away. She finished about 3 percentage points behind the incumbent in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Representative Dave Brat was trailing Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer. He's running for Senate against the Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

American voters poured out across their bitterly divided country on Tuesday to deliver judgment on Donald Trump in midterm polls where opposition Democrats seized partial control of Congress. Voter turnout in midterms is typically about two-thirds the level in presidential election years. The outgoing Governor of Florida is Republican Rick Scott. About a quarter supported him and nearly 40% said their vote was in opposition to the President.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. "Later this evening the President and First Lady have invited family and friends to join them in the residence as they watch election returns". "The President has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country", Sanders said.

Preliminary exit poll results reported by ABC News showed that 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for 13 percent of voters nationally, up from 11 percent in 2014. Do voters in Iowa and other spots on the Obama-Trump map swing back to the Democrats?

Despite his party's poor showing in House elections, Trump wrote on Twitter, "Tremendous success tonight".

To do that they need to win 218 of the 435 seats in the lower house, the House of Representatives.

However, the Democrats will now head House committees that can investigate the president's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and possible links between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

The Democrats are favoured by election forecasters to pick up the 23 seats they need to gain a majority in the House, but opinion polls show they have slimmer hopes of picking up the two seats they need to gain control of the Senate.

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The White House has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her party had momentum on its side.

However, the American people aren't voting on the president today, they're voting on a whole wide range of state and local issues and offices.

"They could be tempted to say that the public wants an impeachment process based on uncertain claims, but I don't think the public wants that", the professor at University of Toronto said.

Fifty-eight of voters said the country is headed in the wrong direction, compared with 41 percent who said it is on the right track, according to a nationwide survey conducted in all 50 states for The Associated Press and Fox News.

In a sign that Trump dominance two years ago isn't necessarily fatal for Democrats, their incumbents were expected to win re-election in six other states that he carried.

"Let's hear it more for preexisting medical conditions", Pelosi said Tuesday night.

"In the case of Justice Kavanaugh.for the sake of argument that he lied, I don't believe there is any evidence that he did." the judge said. At one point, just a few hundred votes separated them. His campaign team created an advertisement focused on the caravan that was so racially charged that major TV networks pulled it.

Polling aggregator 538 is projecting that the Republicans will indeed lose control of the House of Representatives this time around.

There are 35 Senate races being decided across 33 states. She is not running as a progressive firebrand, but just as Brat rode the Tea Party wave against Cantor, Spanberger could capitalize on the suburban backlash to the President in a traditionally Republican district.

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