Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Democrats Take Control Of U.S. House, Republicans Hold On To Senate

Daniel Rimbau waits to enter an election night party for Republican US Senator Ted Cruz Daniel Rimbau waits to enter an election night party for Republican US Senator Ted Cruz
Faye Gross | 10 November, 2018, 10:59

But the Democrats' edge is narrow. The Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives with an estimated 7-point popular vote margin and won a number of key structural races at the state level. The new, split reality that Washington woke up to on Wednesday poses stark challenges for the White House, but also presents some political opportunities.

They will have authority to request Trump's tax returns and subpoena power to obtain documents, emails and testimony.

As such, there were a lot of mixed reactions to Trump's tweet.

In the run-up to the vote, Democrats hoped to enact a "blue wave" and flip both the House and the Senate, enabling them to block much of Trump's controversial programmes on topics like immigration.

It wasn't clear what leaks he was referring to.

Also among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House - Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico - and the first two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman.

Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters Wednesday that Japan-U.S. alliance is "unwavering" despite mixed election results for President Donald Trump.

The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees. The two-term governor, who also survived a Democratic-driven recall election in 2012 after ending collective bargaining for public workers, briefly ran for president in 2016.

As the returns came in, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now.

Relatives of the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress are cheering in the Michigan Democrat's ancestral West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa.

When it comes to Democrats, the two African-American Democratic governor candidates Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida lost to their Republican challengers. But the olive branch he extended was studded with thorns as he declared that he would retaliate if Democrats use their control of the House to issue subpoenas to seek his tax returns and investigate his business dealings, his Cabinet's conduct and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, as expected. But if the Democrats are likely to scrap with each other, they will be united in opposition to the president and his administration.

Gillum now says recount possible in Florida's governor race
Nelson filed his own federal lawsuit Friday, seeking to postpone the Saturday deadline to submit unofficial election results. Nelson's campaign released a statement saying Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne of desperation.


However, Democrats did eke out a narrow win to beat Scott Walker in Wisconsin and comfortably won the governor's office in MI. Further, Democrats had an underwhelming performance in OH, where gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray lost and incumbent senator Sherrod Brown won by only six points against a weak Republican.

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.

The results of yesterday's midterm elections revealed a paradox in the political persona of Donald Trump.

China says the relationship between the world's two largest economies is so important that interests on both sides will continue pushing for cooperation regardless of the outcome of USA elections.

In his expected bravado, he declared victory for keeping the Senate in GOP control while ignoring his monumental losses in house races.

President Trump actually held his own in the elections and, in doing so, established himself not just as the leader of the Republican Party but as its guiding force. They flagrantly lied about their only other attempted policy: the repeated efforts to repeal ObamaCare, which would snatch coverage for tens of millions of people and badly weaken protections for pre-existing conditions.

And a rising star Beto O'Rouke was defeated in his race against Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

With the Democrats in the majority they now have the power to launch investigations and subpoena records, including possibly Trump's tax filings and private business dealings.

"I did my best to reflect this constituency to the best of my ability", he said.

As I wrote before the polls closed, the most important thing to keep in mind about this election is that Republicans had massive structural advantages at every level.

Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes.

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