US midterms: Combative Trump blames media, fellow Republicans for House losses

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He argued that it minimized the total number of judges who might have been confirmed before the midterm elections because McConnell could have kept senators in town and teed up votes on even more nominees than the agreed-on 15. Republicans gained a majority in the Senate two years later and held onto it by one seat in 2016.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates.

Note: NPR will be updating these numbers as more results come in.

The much-mentioned "blue wave" broke on the state Capitol on November 6, sending the Democrats a three-seat advantage in the 35-member state Senate and more power in the state House.

Christopher Borick is director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. And if you look at the patterns typical over the last 50 years, the projected losses for 2018 are one-third higher than the average losses and more than double the median losses during that period. And it will bring the share of Congress members who are women up from the current 20 percent to at least 22 percent. "Tonight, just in suburban Philadelphia, in the Lehigh Valley where I'm speaking from, four women won in a really tight area".

The high-stakes 2018 midterm elections in the U.S. delivered several significant firsts as millions came out in record numbers to elect the first two Muslim women to Congress, the youngest woman ever in Congress and the nation's first openly gay governor.

The European Union's stated objective for negotiating a trade deal with the USA was also an important consideration, Neal added, as was the potential for a bilateral agreement with the United Kingdom after it leaves the European Union at the end of the process known as Brexit.

New York Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Queens, New York, after defeating Republican challenger Anthony Pappas in the race for the 14th Congressional district.

Those backgrounds created a sense of authenticity voters responded to, said Maeve Coyle, a spokeswoman for EMILY's List in Washington, D.C., a group that works to elect Democratic women to office.

Most presidents would have come forward, congratulated the victor and pledged a bipartisan cooperation for the next two years. Tai has served in the Legislature only since June, after she won a special election.

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Plus, he said, Democrats have "nothing, zero", on him. "However, the historical significance of this evening is not lost on me".

He said a polarized Congress likely would pose many obstacles for Trump, as Democrats could challenge Republicans' domestic policies, including slowing or stopping the repeal of Obama-era healthcare programs, slowing some of Trump's immigration policies and slowing or reversing the push against environmental regulations.

Which party's women candidates were the most sucessful?

They could claim as many as 35 new seats once all the votes are counted, which could take weeks in some cases.

Democrats lost governor's races in Florida and Iowa that party operatives were feeling bullish about. It is also an unmistakable rejection of the contemptible rhetoric of fear and prejudice that he has resorted to in recent weeks to rile up his base, especially his claim that a caravan of risky asylum-seekers from Central America was heading north to the border to "invade" the United States.

There also could be pressure to impeach Trump, though chances of removal from office by a Republican-controlled Senate are remote.

Gideon said her new caucus, which includes 49 women and 40 men, was very much aligned with Mills and the incoming governor's agenda.

"I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt..."

The House will likely get a bit easier in 2022, as Democrats now hold governorships in some big states that have GOP-gerrymandered maps where they'll be able to fight for court-drawn or compromise maps after the next census. Caty Weaver was the editor.

"We are all still working hard and are not available for a comment or a statement yet", McLaughlin wrote in an email.

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