Democrats capture House majority in rebuke to Trump, Republicans retain Senate

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2018

Democrats were able to ride opposition to Trump to wins in more Democratic-leaning states like NY and deep-red states like Oklahoma.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate.

And Rep. Adam Schiff, slated to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to probe alleged Trump campaign-Russia collusion.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was upbeat about the Democrats' chance of winning the House.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" he tweeted.

Democratic candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Most Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign's final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.

Historically, the party in power loses several seats during the first midterm election of a new president, particularly if his national job approval ratings are low.

The main question to be answered during the current midterm elections is whether the Republicans will cede their control over the House of Representatives to the Democrats.

All 435 seats in the US House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive while Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

Americans hit the polls on Tuesday to vote in midterm elections that have evolved into a referendum on President Donald Trump, and the party that has spent much of the last two years defending him. Other super negatives for the President include New Jersey, New York (-21 in both), Virginia (-13), MI (-9) and Pennsylvania (-10).

Democrats' dreams of the Senate majority, always unlikely, were shattered after losses in top Senate battlegrounds: Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, North Dakota and Texas.

Pelosi has campaigned tirelessly this election season.

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In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida.

The marquee governor's race in Florida was a nail-biter, and it eventually went to the Trump-aligned Republican candidate Ron DeSantis, who squeaked past Andrew Gillum by about one percentage point.

Of the $5.2 billion, CRP projects more than $2.5 billion will be spent by and for Democrats, and almost $2.2 billion will be spent by and for Republicans.

Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.

Such a Democratic caucus will test the power and influence of leaders like Pelosi, who plans to seek another term as speaker of the House.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62% to 34%, up from 2014 when 54% backed Democrats and 36% supported Republicans.

GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana predicted his party would retain a slim majority, saying on election eve: "In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy".

This hard-line approach to immigration politics in the final stage of the campaign defied conventional wisdom among establishment Republicans, who wished Mr Trump would focus on the good economy and the party's tax cuts.

CBS News projects Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives, delivering a major blow to President Trump and the GOP. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Republicans now have a two-vote Senate majority and a 235-193 House majority.

The House races do not affect the Senate's ability to confirm pro-life judges and Supreme Court nominees.

"We need to keep the Senate Republican to support the agenda of Donald Trump", he said.

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