Democrats pick up USA governorships but lose Florida, Ohio

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The results demonstrated also that the president's particular blend of political positions and impulses, considered so outlandish by so many when he crashed upon the political scene in the summer of 2015, have captured a significant segment of the populace. During the campaign, they barely mentioned their only major policy accomplishment, their giant tax cut for the rich.

With Democrats in control of the House, there is a strong chance that Washington will face even more gridlock next year on most legislative priorities. Turnover in the White House counsel's office _ Don McGahn has departed and his replacement, Pat Cipollone, has not started yet _ has slowed some planning for how to confront legal challenges.

"People will see a Congress that is very different than we have now", Ms Pelosi said while campaigning in Arizona days before the election.

In a sense, the Senate map offered Republicans a similar kind of structural advantage: There were 35 seats on the ballot around the country, and only nine of them belonged to Republicans. Just as in 2016, the polls were badly wrong in a number of states, particularly in and Florida, where Democrats lost tough races they were predicted to win. Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing up "for what he believes in". Trump has governed as if his sole aim has been to nurture his base, not to build upon it.

Lawmakers and analysts have pointed to an infrastructure package as the piece of legislation on which there is the most bipartisan agreement, and Trump ran in 2016 on passing a bill to rebuild the country's roads, airports, tunnels bridges and seaports.

We can tell a little bit of his probable leanings from the way that he and his administration conducted the closing days of the campaign, leaning in on a friendly Senate map while abandoning a House fight which most political observers wrote off. Trump will declare himself the victor of the night and the savior of a Senate that was never in real danger of turning Democratic because he campaigned for winners in states that had voted for him (never mind the Democratic survivor in West Virginia, for example).

Democrats seized the House majority from US President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda.

The House majority will be narrow, and some tension surrounds its choice of a speaker and other officers. In a recent address, he also hinted at possible impeachment proceedings against the president. It also could give him an excuse for the legislative inertia that seems certain to set in over the next two years.

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For the past two years, White House lawyers and the Trump Organization have repeatedly rebuffed Democratic efforts to get even the most basic financial information on Trump's businesses.

The Democratic victory in the U.S. House of Representatives could echo from Moscow to Beijing to Riyadh, with empowered Democrats now able to launch new investigations into President Donald Trump's global business empire and his political dealings with the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, Democrats have problems of their own.

She added that "more than anything", the election is "about what a new Democratic majority will mean in the lives of hard-working Americans".

But the split control of the Congress will put a brake on Trump's conservative agenda and increase pressure on him and those close to him through a newly empowered Democratic Party's promised wave of investigations starting with the revival of the Congressional probe into the alleged Russian manipulation of the 2016 presidential election. He claimed the opposing party "have gone insane, folks". What's more, the biggest Democratic stronghold counties of Broward and Miami-Dade failed to deliver almost as many votes as they have.

"There were big disappointments clearly, but there were lots of great wins", said Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, which works to boost turnout among underrepresented groups.

Trump himself will likely get involved, assigning derogatory nicknames while savaging them on Twitter, the aide said. But he hasn't figured out a way to turn this success into a majority coalition.

The White House would likely fight many such requests in court, but the subpoenas' reach could extend far beyond Washington.

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