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President Trump Turned the Midterms Into a Referendum on Himself

08 November 2018, 11:14 | Darnell Patrick

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Sanders said candidates who welcomed Trump did better at the polls.

Ted Cruz, who was re-elected as a Texas governor, said: "Thank you, Texas!"

The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for the first time since the 2010 election, beginning a split-power arrangement with the Republican-led Senate that may force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions and focus on issues with bipartisan support, such as an infrastructure improvement package or protections against prescription drug price increases.

The results of the midterms - so called because they are held at the midway point within a president's 4-year term - are also widely viewed as a symbolic referendum on the commander-in-chief's performance.

Liz Mair, GOP strategist, said: "Tomorrow is probably going to be pretty unpleasant for Republicans.It's going to be tough for them to win the House".

Early in the evening, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders touted Trump's efforts during the campaign.

That was a risky strategy with a potentially huge reward: had Republicans held on to both chambers of Congress, Trump would have been able to tout another major upset victory.

The newly empowered House Democrats will have the ability to investigate Trump's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation. "I like the fact that he is not a politician, and I forgive some of the socially incorrect or politically incorrect things that he says".

But even as Trump saw gains in the Senate, his divisive rhetoric and hard-line message on immigration may have energized the left more than the right in House races.

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. In that state, Republican Mike Braun was declared as the victor over Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly. Chuck Schumer after voting in favor of late-term abortion, lost to pro-life challenger Kevin Cramer.

The White House has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party in office gained Senate seats.

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Two bright spots for Democrats: In Colorado, Jared Polis's win will make the outgoing congressman the first openly gay governor in U.S. history.

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.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump's tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.

Republicans had expected the Republican tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions.

A takeover of the House also enables Democrats to try making good on their repeated threats to impeach both Trump and Kavanaugh. Democratic incumbents also prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, Midwestern states that Trump carried narrowly two years ago.

Trump wasn't the only one who put his reputation on the ballot.

IN voters have a positive view of the nation's economic outlook - seven in 10 said the nation's economy is good while about 3 in 10 said it isn't.

Actually passing many bills, however, will be hard because the GOP will fall well short of the 60 votes needed to break through Democratic filibusters, procedural delays that kill legislation. Trump's 53% approval in IN underperforms his more than 57% support there in 2016.

The Republican Party retained the control of the US Senate as the vote count for the US Midterm Elections 2018 continued.



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