Control of Congress at stake in U.S. midterm elections

07 November, 2018, 09:46 | Author: Dave Hampton
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The Republican Party now controls both the House and the Senate.

History is not on any president's side in a midterm election.

You may have heard that the "most important election in generations" is happening in the USA this week, and you may have thought to yourself, "but I thought Donald Trump was still in office for another two years?", you're absolutely right.

And in the days to come, they'll help give everyone a better sense of how and when midterm voters made up their minds. The Simon Wiesenthal Center released a survey on the eve of the election that showed a quarter of Americans have lost friends over political disagreements and are less likely to attend social functions because of politics.

As Pelosi played a starring role in GOP attack ads against them, several Democrats said flat-out they would not vote for her as leader.

Meanwhile, some Democrat supporters admitted they were haunted by the spectre of 2016 when Mr Trump's triumph confounded the pundits and opinion polls which had predicted a Hillary Clinton victory.

"They are convinced that we have become a socialist country already and that they've been jobbed out of elections which would prove that", he said.

Today's election is being called the most important in generations.

A surge in early voting, fuelled by a focus on Trump's pugilistic, norms-breaking presidency by supporters of both parties, could signal the highest turnout in 50 years for a midterm USA election, when the White House is not on the line.

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

A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump's policy agenda.

Republicans are in control more often than not in state capitols across the country, but Democrats were trying to pull a little closer in Tuesday's elections. Even if they lose the House, if Republicans keep the Senate, they still get to control the approval process for new judges. A 2017 trial on corruption charges ended when a jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

What should we expect from a Democratic House?

As of mid-October, the Democratic Governors Association and its affiliated entities had raised $122 million during the past two years - a record outdone only by the Republican Governors Association's new high mark of at least $156 million.

To win the House, a party needs to win 218 of the 435 seats.

And 35 Senate seats are in play, as are nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.

Democrats Andrew Cuomo in NY and Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania easily won re-election, as did two Republicans in Democratic-leaning states - Larry Hogan in Maryland and Charlie Baker in MA.

The White House's legal team is reportedly bracing for potential inquiries that include whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russian Federation investigation, the misuse of taxpayer dollars by several cabinet officials, and hush money paid to women to keep silent about their alleged affairs with Trump before he was elected president.

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

The Democrats in other statewide races like Attorney General and Secretary of State held large leads.

Such a scenario would represent a significant threat to the White House, since it would empower Democratic committee chairmen to subject the White House to unprecedented scrutiny on everything from Trump's tax returns and business dealings to scandal in government agencies.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

Given the Republican Party's diminishing prospects of retaining control of the House of Representatives, the president has devoted his final campaign push to helping Republican Senate candidates defend their majority in Congress' upper chamber.

Omar on Tuesday easily defeated GOP challenger Jennifer Zielinski to capture the seat held by U.S. House Rep. Keith Ellison, who is retiring.

The entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate are up for grabs.

But at 78, she knows her storied tenure on Capitol Hill is likely coming to a close, even if she refuses to put a date-stamp on it. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Democrats were hoping enthusiasm among their voters also could flip the governor's seat in Iowa, as well as in traditional battleground states Nevada and Wisconsin.

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He pointed out Democrats have been enraged for years.

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