Democrats projected to win control of the House after 2018 midterm elections

Geneva Stokes
November 7, 2018

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House.

Donald Trump has hailed the Republicans' performance in the U.S. midterm elections as a "tremendous success" - despite losing overall control of Congress.

Now it looks like Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress. Republicans have picked up enough Senate seats to block Democrats there, expanding GOP control over the Senate.

The Democrats who won Tuesday night take office in January.

They could also force the President to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

The tax law has been particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where four of five GOP-held seats were being seriously contested.

House Republicans retired in droves this election, with many getting out rather than having to fight tough reelection battles (and more than a few moderates deciding it wasn't so fun to be in Congress with Trump as president). Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

Smith has said as chairman, he would push for Congress to reassert its oversight role, particularly in places like Niger and Yemen, where US involvement is little understood by the American public. The outcome represents a significant victory for the GOP and President Donald Trump.

Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.

Despite this, he knows the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian subversion of U.S. democracy is drawing to a close. Historical patterns and current polling shows the majority party, the Republicans in this case, losing seats during a midterm election. For defense, Democrats will also assume leadership of the House Armed Services and House Appropriations committees, presenting a formidable challenge to Trump's plans for defense spending.

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The Democrats who occupy those pickup seats will likely determine the Democratic agenda.

It's not clear exactly how big Democrats' majority will be, as a large number of races are too close to call or await ballot returns. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke's underdog Senate campaign fell short in conservative Texas against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

Three candidates had hoped to become their states' first African-American governors, although just one - Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams - was still in the running. But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

After a day of historically high turnout at the polls, Penn students gathered at bars, fraternity houses and dorm lounges to monitor the results of Tuesday's midterm elections.

Democrats turned out in droves to register disapproval of his divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

From Florida to Texas to Illinois, Republican incumbents who survived reelection in 2016 even as Trump lost their districts fell decisively to Democratic challengers who linked them to the president and attacked their votes on health care and taxes a year ago, delivering a check-and-balance message to the president.

Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least.

It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor.

The Senate is 14-6 Republican.

But the Democrats' push into President Trump country remained uncertain. They ran up the score among voters with college degrees and flipped seats in historically Republican suburbs of cities like Richmond, Chicago and Denver.

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