Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Democrats win House majority, set to challenge Trump

Democrats win House majority, set to challenge Trump

Voters wait in line in the gymnasium at Brunswick Junior High School to receive their ballots for the mid-term election today in Brunswick, Maine.

"Tremendous success tonight", the president tweeted. History, serving as a guide, predicted this would probably be a bad night for the president.

The first round of mainland state polls have officially closed, in the eastern half of Kentucky and most of Indiana.

Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki is challenging the Senate president, Pete Kelly, in Fairbanks, and the race is tight - either candidate could win.

In other results, Vermont independent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Democratic candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump said at a raucous rally Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Camera IconThe wait time to vote at the Pittman Park precinct in Atlanta was reported to be three hours.

According to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million Americans cast their ballots early compared with 27.4 million in the 2014 midterm election.

Almost 4 in 10 said they were casting ballots to express opposition to him, while just 1 in 4 said their vote was an expression of support for the president.

Fifty-eight per cent of voters said the country is headed in the wrong direction, compared with 41 per cent 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.

The election on Tuesday may resolve some issues.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

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A Texas Democrat hasn't won any of the almost 30 statewide offices since 1994, the country's longest losing streak. Cruz tied himself to Trump in the final days of the campaign, inviting the president for a major rally in Texas.

Democrats' control of the House also means they will run all of the lower chamber's committees. Voters will also elect 36 governors and hundreds of state and local government representatives.

Trump was watching the results roll in from the White House, where he spent the day holed up with friends and family. But if Republicans do better than expected, Trump will be able to claim vindication for his campaign strategy and his unconventional approach to the presidency.

The party drew blood in IN, ousting one-term Democrat Joe Donnelly in a state that had been seen as a must-win for Democrats seeking to gain control of the upper chamber.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

The party was well on its way to surpassing the 23 net seats it needed to win the House at about 10:20 ET, as multiple networks called the race. It is expected that they will open up investigations into dozens of potential scandals that have swirled around the Trump administration.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. The GOP's hold on the Senate will likely keep impeachment off the table (though there's no guarantee), and will preserve the judicial nomination process.

A Yarmuth-led Budget Committee also would seek to tamp down the deficit by restoring some of the tax cuts that have been Trump's signature first-term accomplishment.

Actually passing many bills, however, will be hard because the GOP will fall well short of the 60 votes needed to break through Democratic filibusters, procedural delays that kill legislation. Democrats racked up massive margins among women, young people, and nonwhite voters.

The House Democratic leader was there to tell her party that despite a night of equivocal results and occasional heartbreak, they had won, and she was the proof: Democrats, she said, "have taken back the House for the American people!"

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

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.

The bellwether state of Florida - which is regarded as a "must win" for any presidential campaign - is looking shaky for its Republican Governor.

In the Senate, where Republicans were heavily favored to keep control heading into yesterday's voting, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat in IN and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.

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