Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Why the midterm results could actually be good news for Trump

REUTERS  Evan Semon               Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis speaks at his midterm election night party in Denver last night REUTERS Evan Semon Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis speaks at his midterm election night party in Denver last night
Jeannette Daniel | 10 November, 2018, 17:41

But while Democrats successfully flipped the House, Republicans were able to increase the margin by which they control the Senate.

"They can play that game, but we can play it better".

With some races still undecided, Democrats were headed for a gain of more than 30 seats, beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.

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.

Chairing the committees - where they are now the highest-ranking Democrats - will give these Democrats the power to demand documents and testimony from White House officials and figures in Trump's campaign team and businesses, and to issue subpoenas if needed.

Cummings' threat follows signals from Democrats that they will demand that the Treasury hand over Trump's tax returns, something the president has avoided for two years.

The Democrats could also force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package, or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

"In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats", Trump said.

In Arizona, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally are locked in a dead heat, Trump's approval is 52%, with 47% who disapprove.

"In a certain way, I am on the ballot", Trump declared ahead of Tuesday's elections taking up the challenge of a referendum the Democrats had thrown at his polarising leadership.

President Trump proclaimed victory on Wednesday morning after a whirlwind tour of rallies held in key Senate battleground states appeared to swing voters in favor of the Republicans.

Several firm Trump supporters, including Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, won their races. He threw himself into the campaign, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed through Mexico to the US border and condemnations of liberal American "mobs" he says oppose him.

US intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an attempt to tip it towards Trump and away from his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Former President Barack Obama's Democrats suffered what he called a "shellacking" in congressional elections in 2010.

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They will resist Senate attempts to enact more of the president's legislative agenda, with the possible exception of higher infrastructure spending.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland issued the warning shot at Trump and his administration Wednesday hours after Democrats sealed their takeover. "They're going to change the way things work", Stephanie Schriock, the president of the pro-choice PAC Emily's List, told BuzzFeed News.

Losing the House will test Trump's ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress. Drug stocks could come under pressure on a bipartisan plan to rein in drug prices.

Foreign policy has been an area that Trump has approached in a very personal way, sometimes antagonizing allies such as Canada while making what critics see as unduly warm overtures to traditional rivals or foes.

Overturning control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections has given the Democrats a powerful weapon to wield against Trump: subpoenas whose reach could extend far beyond the White House and Washington.

However, Republicans secured at least the 51 to 49 seat majority they hold now in the Senate and are expected to add a few more seats once the final results are in.

The Associated Press projected that multiple Democrats in typically red states - Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly in IN - would lose their Senate seats.

In the 36 gubernatorial contests, Democrats won governorships in several states that supported Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and Ohio.

Trump has never faced opposition party control in Congress as president.

Nadler's panel would handle any effort to impeach Trump, depending on the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections and possible Trump campaign collusion with Moscow.

Russian Federation has denied interfering, and Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow, slamming the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt". Dean Heller lost in Nevada, but former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney trounced his opponent in Utah and is now headed to the Senate. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate, an unlikely scenario.

While many races are still too close to call, the blue wave Democrats had hoped for failed to materialize.

The party picked up seats across the map but some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.Liberal Beto O'Rourke's underdog Senate campaign fell short in conservative Texas against Republican Ted Cruz. Ayanna Pressley officially became Massachusetts's first black woman elected to Congress, after unseating ten-term Representative Michael Capuano in the state primary.

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