Democrats retake the House, setting up divided government

Democrats retake the House, setting up divided government

Ronald Pratt
November 9, 2018

US President Donald Trump has said he is ready to work with Democrats after they won control of the House of Representatives in mid-term elections.

Trump's remarks on party dynamics came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had spoken with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about how they might "find a way forward" in a divided Congress next year.

Senate Democrats said earlier Tuesday that the party has not seen a net gain of more than a single seat in the upper chamber since 1974, when the pickup also was five.

Of the out-standing races, most look likely to go Democratic.

Of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation that has shadowed his administration for more than 18 months, Trump said, "I could end it right now" but "I let it go on".

With the Democrats in the majority, they will have the power to launch investigations and subpoena records, including possibly Trump's tax filings and private business dealings. The Democrats made only slight inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters.

In an election where literally hundreds of Republicans were elected to Congress, it is of course not true that those who showed the greatest fealty to Trump were always victorious while those who shunned him were always defeated.

There were also warning signs for Democrats in Florida, a perennial swing state that is increasingly delivering victories - however narrow - to the GOP.

During the campaign, Pelosi urged candidates to focus on lowering health care costs and creating jobs with infrastructure investment, and she tamped down calls for impeachment.

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.

Republicans appeared to have won at least 56 seats in the House, while six other seats were captured by independent candidates and another eight seats were undecided because the results had either not yet been reported or were too close to call. Barbara Comstock painting her as a Trump ally - and calling her "Barbara Trumpstock".

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Mr Trump praised candidates who embraced his policies and principles during the midterm election, saying they "did very well".

The Democrats, in turn, benefited from extraordinary voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Trump remains popular. Read the original article. Rashida Tlaib became the first Arab-American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. Republican Gov. Scott Walker's narrow loss in his bid for a third term left Democrats optimistic they could reclaim Wisconsin along with other traditionally blue states that Trump carried, such as MI and Pennsylvania. He predicted an "invasion" from the migrant caravan making its way toward the USA and decried the "radical" agenda of speaker-in-waiting Pelosi.

In an indication of how the president's frightful rhetoric over migrant caravans marching toward the U.S. -Mexico border animated Republican base voters, immigration was top-of-mind for about 23 percent of voters, and they broke 78 percent to 20 percent for Republicans. Here are some of the silver linings that Trump can take from Tuesday's vote. And she lost. Too bad.

Democrat Jacky Rosen was able to capture a Senate seat from incumbent Dean Heller.

The GOP at long last needs to work diligently toward an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, since health care was the biggest issue at the polls.

Pennsylvania was particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play. In Virginia's 10th District in the D.C. suburbs, Democrats ran ads against ousted in GOP Rep.

Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado blames his loss on resentment toward Trump in his Denver-area district.

"It's the second year of the presidency, as you know, and we tend to vote against the president's party", Ron Weiser, Michigan Republican Party chairman, told a subdued gathering of his party mates in Lansing just before Bill Schuette's concession speech. The remaining 17 races were too close to project a victor Wednesday evening.

Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office previous year amid accusations of sexual misconduct.