Friday, 16 November, 2018

Midterm elections 2018: What are midterm elections for?

US midterm elections 2018 LIVE updates Voting underway as Donald Trump faces litmus test Voters line up to vote at a polling place in Doylestown Pa. Tuesday Nov. 6 2018
Pablo Mccormick | 08 November, 2018, 20:03

The first national elections since Mr Trump entered the White House will be a referendum on the polarising Republican president and his hardline policies, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box.

Democrats claimed the first of the net 23 seats they need for a House majority after a CNN projection that Jennifer Wexton, who got a campaign visit from former President Barack Obama on Monday, will defeat Republican Barbara Comstock for her seat in Virginia.

A fight over funding for the President's signature campaign trail promise of a wall along the US-Mexico border looms large when lawmakers return to Washington after the midterms and along with it, the threat of a partial government shutdown.

The Democrats need 51 seats there to take control.

With the House possibly decided, during the 10 p.m. hour, the polls close on hotly contested Senate races in Montana and Nevada.

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through the two dozen suburban districts Clinton won and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago.

Lavrov also reiterated Moscow's position that it is not meddling in US elections.

A voting sign is seen next to debris left over from Hurricane Michael in Marianna, Florida.

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Democrats were riding to victory Tuesday with strong support from women turned off by Trump's bullying style and among suburban voters with higher incomes and education levels. "I think Americans will choose prosperity", Rep. Steve Stivers, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, said Tuesday on Fox News.

Despite his party's poor showing in House elections, Trump wrote on Twitter, "Tremendous success tonight".

Trump called Pelosi, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and several of the Republican winners. A slow-moving caravan of thousands of Central American migrants trekking to the United States has served as ready fodder for Trump's diatribes for border security and immigration reform, and a roaring economy has helped the GOP foster confidence in their leadership.

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. But all of those seats were up for election Tuesday.

While most of the attention is focused on the battle for the House and the Senate, the gubernatorial races may be where Democrats stand to gain the most on Tuesday night.

Millions of Americans are today heading to the polls to choose which party member they want to represent them in both chambers of Congress, the House of Representative and the Senate. They kept competitive seats in Texas, where Sen.

The Senate story this cycle has centered on the favorable map for Republicans with 10 Democratic incumbents running in states Trump won in 2016 - five of them by double digits.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost. We have already seen that with Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic challenger to Senator Ted Cruz in Texas. Several have history making potential, especially in Florida where Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, is trying to become the state's first African-American governor in an ill-tempered duel with former Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Trump favorite. Republicans were hoping that Young Kim, a Korean American woman, would win her California race to give the party some additional diversity.

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Trump, though, nearly assuredly will face an avalanche of investigations into his tax returns, his payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and his relationship with Russian Federation if Democrats win back the House - which comes with the much-coveted power to subpoena and launch congressional investigations.

Democrats had talked about taking control of the House of Representatives in a "blue wave" all year long, but losing even more seats in the Senate could hardly be called a "blue wave".

Trump was spending the day at the White House, tweeting support for Republicans in the toughest races and preparing to watch the results alongside friends and family, his spokeswoman said.

In an interview with ABC on Monday, the president said he wished he had taken "a much softer tone" throughout his presidency.

Republican gains in the Senate are sure to bolster the party's efforts to ram conservative federal judges through confirmation proceedings during a lame duck session that starts next week, as well as next year.

Voters are feeling better about the state of the economy than they have since before the Great Recession of 2008.

When one party holds power in both chambers, like the Republicans do now, then it is easy for the president to pass through bills on his agenda. Their restored majority comes thanks to many moderate candidates who beat Republicans in districts that voted for Trump.

Republicans, as expected, also retained control of the Ohio Senate.

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