Polls closing as voters pit Trump strength against resistance of Democrats

Leslie Hanson
November 8, 2018

A Democratic "Blue Wave" ran into a Republican "Red Wall" in Middle America allowing President Trump's party to expand its slim majority in the Senate, even as the Democratic Party recaptured the House of Representatives after eight years in the opposition benches.

Taking credit for gains in the Senate while minimizing losses in the House, Trump said Republicans "defied history".

The president found partial success despite his current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

In Kentucky, the heart of Trump country, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district.

Some Democrats said during their campaigns they would not back Pelosi, but it's not clear yet if there are any Democrats willing to challenge her for the post.

Trump encouraged voters to view the first nationwide election of his presidency as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

But Republicans appeared bound to hold onto the Senate, and possibly even pick up a couple of seats.

Almost 40% of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to VoteCast, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

He noted that former President Obama lost a net 63 House seats in the 2010 midterm election and former President Bill Clinton lost 54 in the 1994 midterm election, but Trump only lost less than 30 seats. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen.

Nadler said Trump "may not like it, but he and his administration will be held accountable to our laws and to the American people". That didn't matter. All of them won re-election. He argued that the reason Democrats won a majority in the House is "not because they went far left", pointing to moderate candidates like Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, who unseated Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a surprise victory.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

The election focus in America now turns to 2020, the year of the next presidential voted.

New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo - sometimes spoken of as a 2020 presidential contender - cruised to a third term.

Although Ronald Reagan would be aghast at Trump's protectionism and exclusionary nativism, the GOP is now Trump's party.

Fox News' Election Night coverage got pretty awkward on Tuesday, with anchor Chris Wallace completely shutting down host Laura Ingraham's analysis of the results.

At stake was control of at least one house in the United States Congress, and with it Trump's ability to drive ahead with an unconventional style of government that has divided Americans like rarely before.

After all, the strong turnout among Democrats during the primaries suggested a more motivated base than their Republican rivals.

When Cummings and other Democrats asked past year for records detailing Trump's separation from his businesses, they received an eight-page glossy pamphlet and a single email.

About 4 in 10 voters choose health care as the most important issue facing the country, and 7 in 10 say the nation's health care system needs major changes, the exit polling shows. A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount. Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing up "for what he believes in".

Democrats will have around 229 seats in the 435-member House, while Republicans will hold 53 seats in the 100-member Senate, up from 51, according to projections by The New York Times.

History was also made in New England, where two states elected their first African-American congresswomen: Ayanna Pressley in MA and Jahana Hayes in CT.

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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