US Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

Election Results 2018: Here are the Midterm Races Still Too Close to Call for House, Senate and Governor
Trump faces a blitz of investigations from Democratic-run House
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09 November, 2018

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in high-tax New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped.

Democrats are seeing increased support for moderate candidates.

Democratic upsets mostly didn't materialise, and a number of races turned out to be much less close than expected.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice".

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds.

Trump praised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has come under scrutiny for his use of a security detail, chartered flights and a real estate deal, but seemed to leave open the possibility of replacing him.

Democrats own a 220-193 majority in the House after exceeding the 23 seats they needed to pick up.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high. And they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Trump has refused to release his tax returns, breaking with standard practice.

Republicans, though, pointed to Trump's 8-point victory in OH in 2016, and the four campaign visits he made to the state, including a southwest OH jaunt three weeks before the election. Democrats Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp were all defeated in their Republican leaning states. Rashida Tlaib became the first Arab-American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election. On Tuesday we saw that a sizable majority of the American public was willing to put their votes where their mouths are.

Trump encouraged voters to view the first nationwide election of his presidency as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

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.

On Tuesday, voters handed Democrats the House of Representatives - and may have also rendered a verdict on President Trump's signature tax cuts.

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Despite losing his majority in the House of Representatives, bookmakers still think the controversial president is set to remain in the White House for a second term. Republicans gained a majority in the Senate two years later and held onto it by one seat in 2016. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.

Comstock lost by more than 12 points to Democrat Jennifer Wexton.

Women won at least 85 seats in the House, a record.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of ugly rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president. That includes the late John McCain (R-Ariz.), of course, but also Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), both of whom are retiring. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The White House news conference was punctuated by Trump's escalating attacks on the media. Among those expected: Vice-President Mike Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the president.

President Donald Trump billed the midterms as an election about "Kavanaugh and the caravan", and it was - although not entirely as he planned.

The shifts from Republican to Democrat were substantial in many of those districts. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

Against the backdrop of a strong economy, Republicans avoided blowout losses in the key United States midterm vote but President Trump's economic agenda will be sharply curtailed by Democratic gains. Bill Nelson, but the race may end up in an automatic recount.

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

The Republican party has now been pushed into a minority, but they gathered strength in the Senate. Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago.

He took credit for Republicans having "defied history" by consolidating their grip on the Senate.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout. Omar will take the seat vacated by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison opted to run for Minnesota attorney general this year.


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