Republicans lose veto-proof majority in NC House

Minnie Murray
November 7, 2018

The Democrats' successful takeover of the House was fueled by flipping seats nationwide, including in Virginia and Texas.

The Democrats picked up at least a dozen Republican-held House seats across nearly all regions of the country as returns were still coming in Tuesday but fell short in some closely watched races as they fought to wrest control of the chamber from the GOP.

But as the dust settles on the elections, which are viewed as a referendum on the sitting president, Mr Trump will likely be breathing a sigh of relief. The party defeated Republicans from the Northeast to the South and across the Midwest.

Of more immediate concern for the president, however, is that Democrats now have some teeth behind their efforts to scrutinise his administration.

"It's not about Democrats and Republicans at this point", she told volunteers in Pima County.

The tax law has been particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where four of five GOP-held seats were being seriously contested.

She and the Democratic leadership would have the power to block Republican legislation, hamstringing large parts of Trump's agenda ranging from proposed new tax cuts to construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.

In one of the most closely watched races, incumbent Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz fended off a well-funded, long-shot bid by Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

Two Native American women - Democrat Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids - won their congressional races, making history as the first female indigenous candidates heading to the House of Representatives. Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp and Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to GOP's Ron DeSantis for the race for Governor.

The result upends the balance of power in Washington, where Trump has enjoyed an easy ride from Republican dominance of both houses of Congress since his shock election in 2016. Tuesday's gains were the biggest since 2010, when a wave of conservative anger against Democratic President Barack Obama gave Republicans a massive 64-seat pickup.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

In Lexington's 12 District, incumbent Republican Sen.

But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep political divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race.

"Now that the elections are behind us, earnings and the Fed will be back in focus".

But it's clear that Congress will be a very different place come January. They won seats in the House of Representatives in Minnesota and MI, respectively.

Setser-Kissick was likely bouyed from support for Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Amy McGrath in suburban Lexington, but Kerr has represented the district almost 20 years and had a sizeable fundraising advantage. The Oversight Committee will want to explore ties between businesses owned by Trump and his family and interests that have business before the United States - queries that could unsettle Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner. Democrats will overreach or peddle trash policies as they always do.

Going into the 2018 midterms, the GOP held 236 of 435 House seats; Democrats held 193 seats. Democrats needed to win 11 districts to win back control of the chamber for the first time since 2014.

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him. About 15 per cent said that this was the first time they'd voted in a midterm, according to CNN, compared to about 10 per cent who said they were first-time voters in the 2016 election.

In the final week before the election Penn Dems canvassed in Pennsylvania's 1st District for Democrat Scott Wallace, as well as motivating student voters throughout campus. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

In the past two years, Mr Trump has enforced several key points of his conservative agenda - scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, a ban on Muslim visitors, undoing health reforms, appointing conservative judges - also because Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

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