Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump's Republicans hold on to Senate

Trump's Republicans hold on to Senate

The newly empowered House Democrats will have the ability to investigate Trump's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation.

Democrats will also be able to halt many items on Trump's legislative agenda, border wall funding, and a new middle-class tax cut.

Donald Trump's Republican party maintained its control of the Senate, but the Democrats regained power in the House of Representatives.

Trump spent election night watching returns with family and friends at the White House, his shadow looming large over the results. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion. "That said, it may be just as likely - or even more likely - that we're understating the Democrats in the House". "Candidates that have embraced the president, embraced his policies and that he's gone in and campaigned for and worked hard for, we're seeing that pay off tonight", she said around 9:30 pm Tuesday night.

Historically, the party in power loses several seats during the first midterm election of a new president, particularly if his national job approval ratings are low.

Control of the House would give Democrats the ability to launch investigations into the president and stymie his agenda.

Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.

In the Senate, centrist Democrats from states that Trump won in 2016 such as Joe Donnelly in IN and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota were replaced by conservative Republicans who may credit their victories to the president.

Democrats believe that if they win back Congress on Nov 6, they can prevent Mr Trump from completing his agenda and winning a second term.

And in North Dakota, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp was ousted by her Republican challenger.

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Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign season were struggling.

They also held on to competitive seats in Texas, where Senator Ted Cruz fended off Representative Beto O'Rourke, the well-financed liberal darling, and in Tennessee, where Representative Marsha Blackburn prevailed.

In Florida, left-wing progressive Andrew Gillum has conceded after an ugly battle against a Trumpist conservative, Ron DeSantis.

The Democratic Party also managed to win a number of gubernatorial races, including in the states of Illinois, New Mexico and Kansas, balancing out the Republicans who controlled 33 governorships prior to the election.

Trump inserted himself into the midterm elections like few presidents before him, wading into Republican primaries, hosting near constant rallies around the country and basing his message on fear rather than a record of accomplishment. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL. They believed that Clinton's showing meant that some Republican voters, tired of GOP control of Washington and Austin, might defect.

Millions of Americans voted Tuesday, and results have been projected in several races in the U.S. midterms, the critical first nationwide election seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62% to 34%, up from 2014 when 54% backed Democrats and 36% supported Republicans.

Sanders' interview came before Democrats were projected to win the House, and at that time pointed out that the races were still early. That leaves a shrunken core dominated by conservatives from rural areas whose constituents overwhelmingly support Trump.

Breaking the Republican monopoly on power, Democrats had already picked up over two dozen seats in the House - more than the 23 needed to take control of the House for the first time in eight years.

Republicans now have majorities in both chambers of Congress, but polls show that the Democrats are poised to capture the House of Representatives.

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