Dem Indiana senator loses, boosting GOP drive to keep Senate
- Sandy Mccarthy
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, the only GOP incumbent seeking re-election in a state Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won in 2016, became the only Republican senator to lose.
The 2018 midterm elections involve 35 Senate seats, all 435 House seats, as well as 36 gubernatorial seats.
In addition to his conversation with Pelosi, Trump called Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as other candidates he backed during the race, the White House said.
The president has vowed to continue pushing for significant funding for a border wall, which Republicans may feel more comfortable with backing if voters hand them power again. He added: "The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare".
The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.
So many of those races are running through the suburbs, where independents and wealthy, college-educated women live, both of which have consistently in polling said they disapproved of the job the president is doing and prefer to vote for a Democrat in their district.
"The vast majority of women voters are angry, frustrated and they are really done with seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, particularly as it related to heath care and civility", said Stephanie Schriock, who leads EMILY's List, a group that help elect Democratic women.
With polls yet to close in swaths of the country, it was still far too early to know who will control the House and Senate, which for the first two years of Trump's presidency have been held by his Republican allies.
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.
Besides stymieing the Trump agenda, a Democratic victory in the House could allow Democrats to launch multiple committee investigations of the Trump administration and possibly even impeachment proceedings.
This year there are a record number of women on the ballot, which could significantly increase the number of women in elected office from a fifth of the 535 seats across both chambers.
Democrats, whose very relevance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one chamber of Congress, were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP's monopoly in Washington and state governments. Pew estimates 55 percent of Spaniards are enthusiastic about voting in this election, compared with 37 percent in 2014.
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Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate , a as well as state governors. Despite capturing the House, Democrats were unable to takeover the Senate, where Republicans maintained a firm majority.
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MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators. Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member.
For nearly two years, Mr Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a largely free hand from the twin Republican-controlled chambers, but the midterms could finally see his wings clipped. "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".
"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level", Trump tweeted, "then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".
Two races which are of particular interest are Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams is seeking to become the first black woman to become governor of a USA state, and Florida, where Democrat Andrew Gillum is locked in a bitter battle with Republican and Trump acolyte Ron DeSantis.
The result would be the GOP maintaining control of all the levers of power in Washington and having more room for error in the Senate, with a 53-47, 54-46 or even 55-45 majority.
Republicans have had control of the House of Representatives since the 2010 midterms during Barack Obama's first term as president.
It's midterm election eve, and we're in a somewhat similar situation to where we were in 2016.
Another demographic factor key to the Democrats is the number of women voters.
And Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in a key Senate battle in IN, a state Trump carried mightily in 2016.
"How we conduct ourselves in public life is on the ballot", Obama told Democratic volunteers in suburban Virginia.
Thirty-six of the 50 USA states elect governors this year, including about 10 considered toss-ups.
The political realignment, defined by race, gender and education, could re-shape USA politics for a generation. The demographic shifts also reflect each party's closing argument. He dispatched more than 5,000 troops to the region, suggesting soldiers would use lethal force against migrants who throw rocks, before later reversing himself. She is not running as a progressive firebrand, but just as Brat rode the Tea Party wave against Cantor, Spanberger could capitalize on the suburban backlash to the President in a traditionally Republican district.
Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care. Pollsters have made a lot of adjustments to hopefully correct what they got wrong in 2016, but they can't tell you precisely who is going to show up to vote.
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