Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Democrats seize House control, but Trump's GOP holds Senate

Democrats seize House control, but Trump's GOP holds Senate

Of Pelosi, who with her party capturing the majority of seats Tuesday stands to become the next speaker of the House, Trump tweeted that she "deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by Democrats", that "she has earned this great honor", and even suggested some Republicans could vote for her, if Democrats "give her a hard time".

One bright note for Democrats in Florida was the passage of Amendment 4, which will restore voting rights to most felons when they complete their sentences and probation, adding 1.4 million possible voters to the rolls.

President Trump knows how to win state elections.

Also among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House - Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico - and the first two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman.

For the past two years, White House lawyers and the Trump Organization have repeatedly rebuffed Democratic efforts to get even the most basic financial information on Trump's businesses.

Another important trend from this year's exits (and any year's) is how gender interacts with race and education.

Republicans warn that more investigations could blow back against the Democrats for the 2020 United States election.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

In the Miami area, former Clinton administration Cabinet member Donna Shalala won an open seat, while GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo lost his bid for a third term in a nearby district. "This must begin immediately, and if not, then a Democratic Congress will make this a priority in January", he said. And Democrat Stacey Abrams ran a competitive campaign for governor in Georgia, which hasn't elected a Democrat to the governor's mansion since 1998.

The biggest problem with this sort of analysis is that the Democrats.won most of yesterday's Senate races. Sherrod Brown, who also won re-election Tuesday, did.

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

Mr Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a lovely, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and health care. Beto O'Rourke's Democratic campaign for Senate in Texas fell short by less than 3 percentage points in Texas, a GOP-heavy state that hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994. Democrats picked up three House seats, benefiting from strong support from suburban voters.

But Pelosi pointedly told supporters the Democratic victory was about "restoring the Constitution and checks and balance to the Trump administration.It is about stopping the [Republicans] and Trump administration's assault" on two government-run medical insurance programs for older and impoverished Americans "and people living with pre-existing medical conditions".

"You can't let a dislike of Trump's style blind you to his many conservative successes".

Previous presidents who have suffered mid-term setbacks have professed humility and said they learned valuable lessons. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. will be the second Democrat to lose his Finance committee seat if he fails to overtake incumbent Gov. Rick Scott in a potential Florida Senate recount.

Some hurt worse than others.

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.

"Peter Roskam didn't want the embrace", Trump said.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. Several television networks, including the president's favorite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.

Trump is still the one in charge and is not expected to change his America-first strategy, or stop running roughshod over erstwhile allies when it serves his interests.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats. A handful of others played outsized roles in their parties' midterm campaigns, though not as candidates, and were reluctant to telegraph their 2020 intentions before the 2018 fight was decided.

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