Here’s Who Would’ve Won If the Midterms Were a Presidential Election

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

The president name-checked several GOP candidates who lost Tuesday. But substitute Trump for James and, say, Elizabeth Warren or Kamela Harris for Stabenow, and it's anyone's guess who would win in MI. "We again (will) try to unify our country", she said.

House Republicans had hurt themselves by allowing the number of House incumbent retirees to become larger than any time since 1930, when the Brookings Institution started tracking congressional retirements.

But Trump is not most presidents, and after making a gesture of decency, praising would-be House speaker Nancy Pelosi, he reverted back to his combative and confrontational mode in a freaky press conference in which he threatened to adopt a "warlike posture" against Democrats if they used their newfound power at the House to investigate his financial and political dealings.

Pelosi made history from 2007 to 2011 as the first woman speaker, a powerful position second in the line of emergency presidential succession after the vice president. Welch said he had not committed, publicly or privately, to back Pelosi or any potential challenger. "If anything, the Blue Wave (of Democrats) will be as hawkish, if not more hawkish, than Trump on China", Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow and trade expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said. Both are deal-makers. In 2007, Trump praised her as "the best", when she was first sworn in as speaker. The imminent congressional gridlock "could inspire some Democratic members to be open to more compromise and less confrontation with the other side, which would change the tribal 2020 calculus that we see building right now", the news site adds.

Trump said that he was considering changes to his administration in the aftermath of the election, including to his Cabinet. At a news conference on Wednesday, the president threatened political warfare if Democrats exercise their new oversight power.

Trump singled out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for praise and reiterated that he was reviewing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's job, following numerous reports of ethical violations.

Mueller is investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and any collusion by Trump's campaign.

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"I think southwest OH is becoming more reliably red under President Trump", Triantafilou said.

The move comes after a series of signals that Democrats will work to secure Trump's tax returns, something the president has been resisting for years.

But on Thursday, the Gillum campaign said, "It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported".

New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it was "way too early" to discuss that step. Bill Nelson trailing Republican Rick Scott. And when PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked whether he thought his rhetoric, including use of the term "nationalist" emboldened white nationalists, he called it "such a racist question". Candidates who embraced his message "excelled", and those who didn't faltered, the president added, ticking off a selective list of defeated Republicans to support his point. "He acknowledged the Leader's call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks", Hammill's tweet said.

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. The House is the chamber of USA government most directly reflective of the national mood, as all members answer to voters every two years, and it moved decisively in a Democratic direction.

Democratic control of the House will make it harder for Trump to push through legislative proposals Democrats oppose; that's good news, to be sure.

Highlighted by a rancorous exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta - a frequent Trump critic whom the president called "a rude, bad person" - and a seething assertion that a query from PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor about white-nationalist racism was itself "such a racist question", the East Room debacle demonstrated that the Democrats' gains have not given Mr. Trump even a moment's pause.

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