Friday, 16 November, 2018

US Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

Conway deflects question on Trump's tone Trump tastes election defeat but finds some wins at White House watch party
Celia Hoffman | 08 November, 2018, 13:01

Wallace also suggested Ingraham was being hypocritical, saying that if she gives Republicans credit for keeping the Senate, she must also give the Democrats credit for flipping the House. The dollar was slightly weaker against a basket of currencies.

Democrats had strong nights in both the Midwest/Rustbelt region and in the Southwest part of the United States, the regions of the country which will decide the 2020 presidential election.

As millions of voters turned out to vote, Democrats claimed that they were 100 per cent sure of reclaiming the House from Mr Trump's Republicans.

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

With control of the House comes control of its committees, a power that previously laid with Republicans who were resistant to calls to take a tough line against the president.

That's thanks to Mr. Trump's personal appearances on behalf of candidates who could not have won without him.

Trump and his advisers felt that adding at least two seats to the Republicans' Senate majority helped blunt the impact of the House outcome.

And in a rare moment of practicality, the Republican leader, who is up for re-election in 2020, conceded that one of the GOP's signature efforts - the repeal of "Obamacare" - is all but dead. "She has earned this great honour!"

But the Democrats' edge is narrow.

Governors - who head the executive branch in state governments - have been chosen in 36 out of 50 states.

Nadler said Trump "may not like it, but he and his administration will be held accountable to our laws and to the American people". It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to.

And in Virginia, Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency official, unseated Representative Dave Brat, a Tea Party darling who himself scored a huge upset four years ago when he defeated his predecessor, Eric Cantor, the Republican leader, in a Republican primary.

The elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape U.S. politics for years to come.

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The GOP's successes were fuelled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees. Democrats relied more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first Native American women to be elected to Congress. Kristi Noem won the election to become South Dakota's first female governor. Republican Ron DeSantis ousted Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum by less than one percentage point in a hotly contested race in Florida; Mike DeWine won the governorship in OH; and Republican Brian Kemp was ahead of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams by 1.6 points with 100 percent of precincts reporting. A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount. Roskam kept his distance from Trump in a district that went for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016.

⦁ Ralph Z. Hallow, the chief political correspondent of commentary, served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation fellow in urban journalism at Northwestern University, and resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar.

The Southwest, on the other hand, has never been friendly territory for Trump.

In the exit polls taken last night, Trump's approval rating was 44 favourable, 55 unfavourable.

"I plan to shine a light on waste, fraud and abuse in the Trump administration", Cummings said Wednesday. Trump and his daughter Ivanka, a senior White House adviser, both retained their stakes in the property.

A president's party has traditionally suffered deep losses in his first midterm election, and 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

"It's like being the rescue team at an 88-car pileup: Who knows where to begin?" asked Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland.

Some hurt worse than others.

Trump also said he hopes he can work with Congress to get enough money to build the wall but that he would not necessarily force a government shutdown over the issue.

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. President Barack Obama's Democrats lost 63 seats in 2010.

New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo - sometimes spoken of as a 2020 presidential contender - cruised to a third term. They included New Jersey Sen.

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