Flip this House! Dems take control

Anna Jefferson
November 7, 2018

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

"In 2010 ... it was more about did you agree or disagree with Obamacare?" he recalled.

He amplified that message with an advertisement linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime, which aired on NBC on Sunday night. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully in 2016, has left the door open to the possibility of challenging the Democratic leader again, while others are mulling a bid only if Pelosi steps aside or if she were to be defeated in a run for speaker.

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler has said he wants to investigate President Trump and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

They've also already reportedly threatened to subpoena Mr Trump's tax returns.

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The party in the White House often loses seats after a president's first two years in office, even if the president isn't a controversial figure like Trump.

The Democratic gains were fueled by women, young and Hispanic voters, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll found. Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared to 49 percent in the 2014 midterm congressional election. Left-leaning OH "populist" Democrat Sherrod Brown, thought initially to be vulnerable in a state that Trump carried by eight points, was quickly called the victor over Republican congressman and Trump buddy Jim Renacci soon after the polls closed.

Former Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott held a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen.

In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida. But they failed to win the governor's mansions in OH and Florida, two big states where they'd had hopes for marquee victories.

Polls are also closed in parts of in, where Democrat Joe Donnelly, a top target of the President's frenetic final midterm election campaign swing, is fighting an uphill battle for re-election against Republican Mike Braun.

Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.

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Trump called Pelosi, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and several of the Republican winners.

Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat in a closely watched bid to dethrone Republican Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, told voters that Trump was wrong, describing his state as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".

Just a few hours earlier, before control of the House had been decided, Huckabee Sanders said in an interview that it was unlikely Trump would reach out to Pelosi should Democrats go on to win back the majority.

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him. Was the New Yorker just inspired by an old soviet cartoon on United States elections? Nevada could be more important, because Dean Heller is the most vulnerable Senate GOP incumbent in the nation, and Democrats probably need to win his seat to seize the majority.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

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

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The two parties were also tangling in several crucial governors' races, including in Midwest battleground states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and MI. Wexton was among the record number of women running this year.

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