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Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

08 November 2018

That would give the Senate the role of blocking House-passed Democratic initiatives on everything from health care to the potential repeal of tax cuts on the wealthy that the GOP enacted past year.

The biggest problem with this sort of analysis is that the Democrats.won most of yesterday's Senate races. So this was a five-point decline from what was already a low 2016 number.

Ms Pelosi - who is set to become speaker, a position she held from 2007 to 2011 - told supporters: "Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans". Nevertheless, Trump was quick to issue a warning against any aggressive Democratic intent, warning, "If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".

Democrats had strong nights in both the Midwest/Rustbelt region and in the Southwest part of the U.S., the regions of the country which will decide the 2020 presidential election.

In the Senate, Democrats were facing an uphill battle because they were defending 26 races, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.

The guest list included major donors Sheldon Adelson, Harold Hamm and Stephen Schwartzman, Cabinet members like Steven Mnuchin of Treasury and Kirstjen Nielsen of Homeland Security, evangelical leader Jerry Falwell, top aides like Conway, his wife, Melania and children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, and Vice President Mike Pence.

Though it must drive anti-Trumpers up the wall, the fact is that Mr. Trump's party did not lose anything close to the 50-60 plus House seats Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama lost two years after winning the White House.

The Republican leader has previously said relatively little about his willingness to craft legislation to address high drug prices, despite the Trump administration's ongoing focus on the issue. Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998. He argued that the reason Democrats won a majority in the House is "not because they went far left", pointing to moderate candidates like Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, who unseated Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a surprise victory.

The midterms also featured some potentially historic candidates, including Stacey Abrams, who would be the first black woman to be governor of Georgia if she won.

The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.

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Trump spent the day at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team.

New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo - sometimes spoken of as a 2020 presidential contender - cruised to a third term.

History was working against the president in both the House and the Senate.

Although Ronald Reagan would be aghast at Trump's protectionism and exclusionary nativism, the GOP is now Trump's party. Republican incumbent Andy Barr fended off a strong challenged from Democrat Amy McGrath, a Naval Academy graduate and the first female U.S. Marine to pilot an F/A-18 Hornet in combat, in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.

Women voted considerably more in favour of their congressional Democratic candidate - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for the Republican, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 113,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago. A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

Both sides presented the results as a victory, although Democrats had greater bragging rights considering they ended the one-party Republican stranglehold in Washington by recapturing the House.

History was also made in New England, where two states elected their first African-American congresswomen: Ayanna Pressley in MA and Jahana Hayes in CT.

As the returns came in, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now.

Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate