Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

The Fight for the Senate, 2018: The Results As They Come In

The Fight for the Senate, 2018: The Results As They Come In

Control of the US House of Representatives will most likely see the Democrats use their new majority to push for greater accountability on Trump's foreign policy agenda, and demand a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump knows he's on the line. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who heads the Senate GOP's campaign committee, said in an interview.

New Mexico's 2nd district is another key race: Susie Lee, a Democrat, is facing Republican Danny Tarkanian for the House seat held by Democrat Jacky Rosen, who is challenging Dean Heller, and Nevada's 4th district, where GOP candidate Cresent Hardy is facing off against Democrat Steven Horsford.

Seventeen Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

But Democrats - propelled by outsize support in the nation's suburbs, and from women and minority voters especially - notched victories in states that just two years ago helped Trump win the presidency. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. Joe Donnelly versus Republican Mike Braun in IN; and Democratic Sen. Ted Cruz fended off Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the well-financed liberal darling, and Tennessee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn prevailed.

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.

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

The GOP's hold on the majority was complicated by an unusually large number of retirements as well as persistent infighting between conservatives and centrists, with much of the conflict centered on the question of allegiance to Trump.

The specific issues of trade and taxes do not seem to be helping the GOP's prospects. Short of compromises, perhaps on infrastructure, its initiatives will go nowhere in the House. The incumbent was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial, turning a what should have been a sure bet for Democrats into a close fight.

A full picture of the voting results will not emerge for hours, with numerous most important races considered toss-ups heading into election day. "They ignored the consultants who said they should cover up their tattoos and smile more, and they ignored the powerful men of the Republican Party who never took them seriously anyway". Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of Senate Democrats' political arm. Republicans are expected to hold 52 Senate seats and to retain their majority.

Pelosi promised action on lowering the cost of prescription drugs and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, and pledged to pursue bipartisanship where possible.

Brown handily defeated fourth-term Rep. Jim Renacci, who dropped a governor's bid to run for Senate at Trump's urging.

"There is a rumor, put out by the Democrats, that Josh Hawley of Missouri left the Arena last night early". A CNN poll released on November 5 found that Democrats led Republicans on a generic ballot by 13 points, 55 percent to 42 percent.

Trump encouraged voters to view the first nationwide election of his presidency as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care.

American voters poured out across their bitterly divided country Tuesday to deliver judgment on Donald Trump in midterm polls where opposition Democrats hope to seize at least partial control of Congress.

Trump added that "we don't care about momentum when it comes to a disgrace like just happened to our country".

AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, highlighted Trump's impact. Voters agree. Two-thirds of those casting ballots said their vote was about Trump, according to preliminary exit polls posted by CNN.

"They could be tempted to say that the public wants an impeachment process based on uncertain claims, but I don't think the public wants that", the professor at University of Toronto said.

The prediction numbers are from Real Clear Politics and the result numbers are from Decision Desk and The New York Times. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.

In two elections, 1994 and 2016, both the House and the Senate changed control.

There are, however, also many points of probable conflict between Trump and the next House: Democrats are likely to launch investigations into numerous aspects of the Trump administration, from its ties to Russian Federation to the president's tax returns, as well as to step up oversight into Trump's executive actions on immigration, the environment and other regulations.

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