Friday, 16 November, 2018

The 2018 Midterm Races You Should Pay Attention To

Supporters of US President Donald Trump cheer during a Republicans fight to keep control of Senate in midterms
Jeannette Daniel | 08 November, 2018, 11:17

Trump called Pelosi Tuesday night to congratulate her on her party's success and acknowledged her call for bipartisanship, her spokesman said.

Democrats now need to win only nine more Republican House seats to reach the net gain of 23 seats they need to secure a majority. Thirty-five seats are in play in Tuesday's election.

To seal the win, the GOP drew backing from hard-right voters in rural, deep-red states, where Trump's nativist, racially tinged rhetoric and insult-laden discourse were as stirring for some conservatives as they were infuriating to liberals elsewhere.

Rashida Tlaib, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, won a House seat in a district where she ran unopposed by a Republican candidate. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

A voting sign is seen next to debris left over from Hurricane Michael in Marianna, Florida.

Democrats were riding to victory Tuesday with strong support from women turned off by Trump's bullying style and among suburban voters with higher incomes and education levels.

"We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can't", Pelosi said.

Daniel McAdams, executive director at the Ron Paul Institute, agrees, noting that the Democrats "ran a awful campaign" under the slogan "Trump is racist, vote for me".

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Mr Trump accused Democrats without offering any evidence of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country".

A loss of the House will also trigger significant second guessing of the President's tactics, given that he chose not to make the booming economy his primary midterm argument, instead turning to a searing indictment of Democrats focusing on immigration and laden with racial language.

Democrats picked off two Republican House seats in Florida, including one held by Representative Carlos Curbelo.

All 435 seats up for election, with 218 seats needed for the majority.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala noted that both of her opponents in the race for a House seat from Florida were women.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.

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

Tightly contested Senate races in Florida and West Virginia also were too close to call, as were high-profile races for governor in OH and Georgia.

"We've known from the beginning that history was not on our side this election cycle". Democratic favorite Conor Lamb, who stunned Washington by winning a special election in the state, beat Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a new district. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL.

A surge in early voting, fuelled by a focus on Trump's nationalistic, norms-breaking presidency by supporters of both parties, could signal the highest turnout in 50 years for a midterm U.S. election when the White House is not on the line.

If Donnelly loses, the Democrats' hope of taking over the US Senate is probably lost, too.

Voter turnout, normally lower when the presidency is not at stake, could be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years, experts predicted. About 2 in 10 each choose the economy and immigration as their top issue, and just 1 in 10 say it's gun policy.

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden called on Americans to use their votes to reject Trump.

Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, Fox News and NBC News projected, giving Democrats the opportunity to block Trump's agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.

Rep. Mia Love, who was the sole black Republican woman in Congress, was trailing in Utah to Democrat Ben McAdams.

The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.

In an interview with ABC on Monday, the president said he wished he had taken "a much softer tone" throughout his presidency. "Trump needs help in Congress", Mooney said, adding that he was "disappointed and embarrassed" by the way Democratic senators treated Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during his confirmation hearings.

The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, but highlighted an extraordinary realignment of US voters by race, sex and education.

Investors often favour Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda.

"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, head of equity derivatives strategy at Weeden & Co, New York.

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