Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

U.S. mid-term elections: Democrats retake House, Republicans retain Senate, say networks

Trump's high-risk strategy puts him on the midterm ballot like no one else President Trump arrives to speak at a Make America Great Again rally in Cleveland on Monday
Priscilla Morrison | 07 November, 2018, 07:59

Democrats have campaigned heavily on the topic - attacking Republican attempts a year ago to repeal Obamacare health insurance reforms.

Some GOP women won key races.

WASHINGTON-The U.S. midterm elections brought a surge of female candidates to ballots across the country. Democrats would need a swing of at least 23 votes to gain control of the House.

His highest approval of these states is West Virginia, oddly enough, where slightly more than three-in-five approve of the job he's doing as President, but Democrat Joe Manchin was able to keep his seat.

Democrats are most optimistic about the House, a sprawling battlefield extending from Alaska to Florida.

Democrats are defending 26 of the 35 Senate elections on Tuesday, which means they have a lot more on the line.

Democrats would have to pick up six seats to break the GOP's veto-proof super majority and 11 to win take the majority outright.

For nearly two years, Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a free hand from the twin Republican controlled chambers, but the midterms could see him forced to face an opposition with real teeth.

"Health care is on the ballot", former President Barack Obama told Democratic volunteers in Virginia.

But when it came to candidates for state Senate, Democratic primary voters threw their weight behind progressive candidates, including 27-year-old democratic socialist Julia Salazar - who actively campaigned on issues like sex workers' rights and racial injustice - and Alessandra Biaggi, another millennial and first-time candidate.

Most top House races are set in America's suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump's presidency, despite the strength of the national economy.

Trump has headlined 30 rallies in two months and packed out arenas of adoring fans.

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Democratic candidate for governor Michelle Lujan Grisham greets diners at Barelas Coffee House on midterm elections day in Albuquerque, N.M., November 6, 2018. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way.

Meanwhile, Trump and his chief lieutenants offered a fiery message in the election's final hours. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

However, after an election campaign marred by extremist violence, opponents called the polls a chance to curtail a president they accuse of deliberately stirring racism and social division in the search for votes. While Republicans confront serious headwinds in holding the House, the uniqueness of the contest in each of 435 House districts makes for a wide range in the potential number of seats Democrats may gain. "I feel confident we will win", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday, decked out in a bright blue dress at her party's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

The Republicans have long claimed that they are the party of the military.

Now we're getting to the some of the nation's marquee races: the initial returns from the Texas US Senate race, plus four competitive US House races in New Jersey and another eight in Pennsylvania.

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

GOP Whip Steve Scalise said the president's rallies were building momentum and with the economy a selling point, he predicted his party would retain a slim majority.

A majority of the 113,000 voters surveyed said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

A nationwide poll released Sunday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal details the depth of the demographic shifts. Individual races "will be close", she said, but because of the "quality of our candidates" and emphasis on preserving health care, "I feel confident we will win".

"I think he's trying to divide this country", said Hutchins, acting executive director of a group that advocates on labor issues. His campaign team created an advertisement focused on the caravan that was so racially charged that major TV networks pulled it.

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