Democrats get first House pick-up of midterms

Lester Mason
November 8, 2018

In the 36 gubernatorial contests, Democrats won governorships in states that supported Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and Ohio.

They're vying for the seat vacated by Rick Scott, who is running against four-term Democrat Bill Nelson for his Senate seat.

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. Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads. If Bredesen wins, he'll be Tennessee's first Democrat Senator since Al Gore in the early 1990s.

Republicans entered Tuesday with strong prospects of keeping their Senate majority but the victory by GOP challenger Mike Braun over Sen.

President Donald Trump is spending Election Day calling allies, tweeting endorsements and following news coverage, after concluding a six-day rally blitz in Missouri late Monday.

The NAACP in Georgia won a last-ditch lawsuit to extend voting hours in Georgia, where voter suppression has plagued the race.

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see continued growth under Trump.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare.

Americans are voting in nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

Americans are turning out in record numbers to have their say on President Trump.

"The president absolutely is the focal point". And: Will Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker win re-election? The incumbent was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial, turning a what should have been a sure bet for Democrats into a close fight.


As a result, most congressional analysts believe that the one thing that the Democrats in the House will be able to do without help from either the Senate or the President is "oversight". Eastern, NBC News projected that Jennifer Wexton had defeated Barbara Comstock in her bid to represent Virginia's 10th district.

Two races which are of particular interest are Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams is seeking to become the first black woman to become governor of a USA state, and Florida, where Democrat Andrew Gillum is locked in a bitter battle with Republican and Trump acolyte Ron DeSantis.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala noted that both of her opponents in the race for a House seat from Florida were women. While the Republican president is not on the ballot, the campaign has been indeed largely about him, with Democrats missing no opportunity to tear into the administration's immigration policies, branding the president racist and even comparing him to Osama bin Laden. All 435 seats are being contested today. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another potential 2020 contender, also won her race.

He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends.

Representative Eliot Engel, the Democrat in line to head the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said they may also push for congressional authorisation for the use of military force in places like Iraq and Syria.

Democrats, whose very relevance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one chamber of Congress, were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP's monopoly in Washington and state governments.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

Pollsters suggest Democrats may win the 23 seats they need to take over the House of Representatives, and possibly 15 or so extra seats.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. If Republicans hold their ground, stocks could gain further, with hopes of more tax cuts ahead.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers.

Rep. Mia Love, who was the sole black Republican woman in Congress, was trailing in Utah to Democrat Ben McAdams. This victory marks a significant blow to Trump as the Democrats are now in a position to challenge the U.S. president's policy agenda.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

Voters also elect who they want for state governors and local public offices.

There are 35 seats up for election this year, and 26 are held by Democrats, meaning Democrats have a lot to defend.

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