HOUSE: Democrats close in on taking back control of House

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2018

For Democrats, gaining the 23 seats needed to win control of the House will likely mean flipping several upscale suburban districts with large numbers of college graduates.

But memories of Trump's shock 2016 election win are still fresh and strategists from both parties distrust the polls so no one can say for sure what will happen on what promises to be a long, tense night. In Florida's Senate race, Democrat Bill Nelson was in a tight contest with Republican Rick Scott, the state's governor. It was just the second midterm election in over three decades when the party holding the White House gained seats.

All polls are now closing in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. Wexton is part of a "blue wave" of Democrats who are expected to flip the House. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. All three and Sherrod Brown, a pro-labor senator victorious in OH, are considered potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. Elizabeth Warren in MA, according to CNN projections.

Democrats Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won their Senate re-election bids, both states Trump won in 2016.

The mid-term elections are called the midterms because they come at the midpoint of the President's four-year term in office. His approval rating - 39% in the latest CNN poll - is within the range where the President's party typically suffers heavy losses on Capitol Hill. His connection with his most loyal fans remains so intense that some pundits believe he could help the GOP pull off a surprise.

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


The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, USA rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting. Only 1-in-5 decided in the last month and even fewer said they made up their mind in the last few days or the last week.

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the U.S. Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial nominations.

Trump is still trusting his feel for what voters want to hear.

The infamous excitement that we saw among people throughout 2016 is the same energy that has been seen across the country at rallies leading up to today's midterm elections. "So, something is happening", Trump told reporters on Monday, shrugging off suggestions that Democrats had the momentum.

Republicans retained Senate control Tuesday after ousting Democratic incumbents in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri, delivering a victory to President Donald Trump by preserving the chamber as a showplace for his conservative priorities for two more years.


Though Republicans entered the night commanding the Senate only narrowly, a crucial piece of math worked for them: Democrats and their two independent allies defended 26 seats, Republicans just nine. "Later this evening the President and First Lady have invited family and friends to join them in the residence as they watch election returns". More women than ever were running, along with military veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

"Let me say this".

All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 35 U.S. Senate seats and 36 governorships are up for grabs in elections focused on dozens of competitive races from coast to coast that opinion polls show could go either way. Several have history making potential, especially in Florida where Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, is trying to become the state's first African-American governor in an ill-tempered duel with former Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Trump favorite.

Tightly contested Senate races in Florida and West Virginia also were too close to call, as were high-profile races for governor in OH and Georgia. Democratic congressional leaders and candidates have vowed on the campaign trail that their party will protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, while warning that Republicans will not. Two key GOP seats are at stake; in Arizona, GOP candidate Congresswoman Martha McSally is in a tightly contested race with Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema for the seat vacated by GOP Senator Jeff Flake; in Nevada incumbent GOP Senator Dean Heller is locked in a combative race with Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen.


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