Congress divided: Democrats win House, GOP holds Senate

Hugh Fox
November 9, 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.

She said House Democrats would be a check on Mr Trump, and added: "The American people want peace, they want results".

But the Democrats appear to have won control of the House of Representatives with more than two-thirds of seats declared.

The US Capitol building is seen reflected in a puddle at sunrise on the day of the US midterm election as voters go to the polls across the country to elect 33 US senators and all 435 members of the US House of Representatives in Washington, US, November 6, 2018. In Kansas, Republican Kris Kobach, a Trump ally who was a leader of the president's disbanded voter fraud commission, fell to Democratic state senator Laura Kelly.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" the president said on Twitter, his only remarks after projections came in.

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But they failed to win the governor's mansions in OH and Florida, two big states where they'd had hopes for marquee victories. 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.


Democrats have had mixed success in districts that backed former President Barack Obama and flipped to backing Trump.

Democratic favorite Conor Lamb, who stunned Washington by winning a special election in the state, beat Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a new district.

Sanders says Trump also called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "to congratulate him on historic Senate gains".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in line to become speaker, said while there is common ground on infrastructure and cutting the cost of prescription drugs, the investigations will commence. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke's underdog Senate campaign fell short in conservative Texas against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

While some election forecasts favored Democrats, Rasmussen, the pollster that most accurately predicted Trump's 2016 victory, had the two parties locked in a statistical tie on a generic ballot. They held onto seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 50-50 Senate - enough to give Republicans control because Vice President Mike Pence as president of the Senate would tip the balance to the GOP. As he stumped for Republican candidates to whip up support, he began to manage his supporters' expectations, telling crowds the weekend before the election that Democrats might "squeak it by" to win the House. She cited Mike Braun, who unseated Senate Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in IN and helped cement a Republican majority in the upper chamber, and who benefited from three Trump rallies on his behalf.

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The Trump administration though has granted exemptions to eight countries to continue importing Iranian oil, without naming them. Meanwhile in Israel Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called sanctions the "change the Middle East has been waiting for".


Markets in Asia and Europe mostly rose on Wednesday, but analysts warned about the economic impact from gridlock on Capitol Hill left the two houses of Congress split between Democrats and Republicans.

He would have a ready-made target, a Democrat-controlled House, to blame for obstructing progress.

Cuomo's senior campaign adviser, Maggie Moran, said turnout was very strong, with numbers more closely resembling a presidential election than a midterm contest, and that benefited Democrats. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs.

At the same time, Democrats re-elected embattled New Jersey Sen.

Missouri is extremely close for the President, where 51% approve and 48% disapprove and Republican Josh Hawley holds a commanding lead over incumbent Sen.

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Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots, according to a ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press. He played to his base, but his over-the-top rhetoric turned off so many people that Democrats managed to retake the House.

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