Democrats to retake U.S. House, GOP to retain Senate


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

Republicans found comfort in a series of Senate gains. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes.

But in some other toss-up races, the GOP managed to hold on. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Democrats failed to defeat a vulnerable incumbent in Kentucky, where Republican Rep. Andy Barr won over former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen. The incumbent was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial, turning a what should have been a sure bet for Democrats into a close fight. The flood of political donations from interest groups and individuals will make it the most expensive midterm ever, and early signs suggest voter turnout could be the highest in half a century.

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.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is is likely to lead Democrats in the House next year, has also expressed a willingness to work with Trump on the issue.

Views on sexual harassment diverged similarly: About 8 in 10 said they see it as a "serious problem", and almost two-thirds of them voted Democratic.

Democrats will use their new majority to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

He decried, as he often has for months, special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Trump 2016 campaign links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation. "The president has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country".

"You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

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In fact, even before the votes were fully counted, the two sides began sparring over the future course, although the Democratic Party itself is divided over whether to pursue a more aggressive line on Trump, including launching more aggressive investigations and initiating impeachment proceedings.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts. John McCain, nominally a Republican, for contributing to the GOP's losing the House.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her party had momentum on its side.

Senate passage at least would have allowed the GOP Congress to say it had fulfilled, however belatedly and imperfectly, a promise to America's voters that it had been mailing in every election since 2010.

"You have some that said, 'Let's stay away, let's stay away.' They did very poorly", Trump said. If anything, he may well double down on his nativist message, because it didn't hurt the Republican campaigns across many states. In both Senate and House races, Democrats have focused heavily on health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

"In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy", the Louisiana Republican told The Associated Press on the eve of Election Day. The Republican-controlled 115th Congress has only sent a small handful of noncontroversial drug pricing measures to President Trump for a signature.

"Yeah, I can't imagine that that won't be on the agenda", McConnell said at a news conference Wednesday.

Trump also took credit for Tuesday's results in another Tweet, saying "to any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election just remember two words-FAKE NEWS!"