Republicans Hold on to Senate, Blocking Democrats' Chances to Take Control

Geneva Stokes
November 9, 2018

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate, CNN, NBC and ABC News said, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

Political action committees and outside groups spent more than $11 million on races for the state Senate, including more than $6 million on campaigns for just four seats, The New York Times reported on Monday.

"You see Americans come out and unanimously say they're proud of this president and what he has done in the two years". Contributor Stephanie Ruhle said Trump's tax loopholes are immoral and below the office of the presidency, but said Trump likes to suggest it's "clever" how he games the system. Tuesday's gains were the biggest since 2010, when a wave of conservative anger against Democratic President Barack Obama gave Republicans a massive 64-seat pickup.

Faced with the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides have begun laying out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations and paralysis of his policy agenda.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 78, is expected to be re-elected as Speaker of House of Representatives, which is equivalent to India's Lok Sabha.

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". Pelosi said Americans have all "had enough of division".

Said White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, "I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people".

The party was well on its way to surpassing the 23 net seats it needed to win the House at about 10:20 ET, as multiple networks called the race.

Democratic candidates had fundraising advantages in dozens of close contests heading into Election Day. One quarter of those casting a House ballot said they did so in part to support him.

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In suburban areas where key House races were decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Republicans have picked up enough Senate seats to block Democrats there, expanding GOP control over the Senate.

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Democrats Rashida Tlaib in MI and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota both won their races for House seats, becoming the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress. "Dealing a major setback to President Trump's legislative agenda". "We have to pass this bill", Biaggi said after her primary win about legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade.

Democratic candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. A record number of women were running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border.

Tuesday's elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump's term, and about 7 in 10 in voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote.

Trump has headlined 30 rallies in two months and packed out arenas of adoring fans.

Throughout the midterm elections, Republicans had been anxious that Democrats would take the House as a so-called "green wave" of money flowed to Democratic candidates in the final weeks before the midterms.

As one of the most volatile midterm elections in USA history wound down, the Democrats drew ever closer to the 218 seats needed for a majority, with dozens of races still undecided.

The Democrats also won some of the high-profile governor's race including Kansas, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

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