Divided America votes in midterms, seen as referendum on Trump's presidency
- Author: Leroy Wright Nov 08, 2018,
Nov 08, 2018, 22:31
As Election Day unfolded, Democrats were increasingly confident, predicting they would pick up at least the 23 seats needed for a House majority on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.
Democrats also picked critical governor seats in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - all states won by Trump in 2016.
In the Senate, 35 seats are at stake, with Republicans positioned to hold - and possibly expand - the party's slim majority.
Voting finished in IN and Kentucky, as well as in most of Florida, Georgia and Virginia.
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. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another potential 2020 contender, also won her race. Elizabeth Warren in MA, according to CNN projections.
Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, but the GOP's hold on power was further weakened by an unusually large number of retirements as well as infighting between conservatives and centrists over their allegiance to Trump.
The president will then stand trial in the Senate, where a two-thirds vote is necessary for removal - a milestone that is unprecedented in American history. His connection with his most loyal fans remains so intense that some pundits believe he could help the GOP pull off a surprise. Almost two-thirds of those voters said Mr. Trump was a factor.
The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.
Carol Harvey, a McLean resident who says she always votes for Democrats, stressed the importance of this year's election, saying that "it's critical, Republicans aren't normal".
However, the Democrats are expected to fall short of the two seats they need to win control of the Senate. With power in Washington divided, House Democrats are likely to try to block the president's agenda and use their subpoena power to investigate him and his administration. They also made inroads into Trump country as Democrats tried to win back white working-class voters. He cited Trump rallies that drew thousands in crucial states during the campaign's closing weeks and added, "The president was THE factor".
There's been a lot of attention paid to the 25 GOP seats Clinton carried in 2016 - and rightfully so - but Democrats are also on offense in numerous dozen districts that swung from Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump four years later. "So, something is happening", Trump told reporters on Monday, shrugging off suggestions that Democrats had the momentum.
Democrats had talked about taking control of the House of Representatives in a "blue wave" all year long, but losing even more seats in the Senate could hardly be called a "blue wave".
Goodstein, however, still believes that Trump "is uniquely disfavored" and numerous voters who strongly disapprove of Trump will take to the polls, allowing the Democrats to regain the House of Representatives.
"The President and First Lady look forward to watching the results come in with friends and family in the White House residence", the statement said on Tuesday.
"We're going to win, based on data", Pelosi of California said at the Democratic campaign headquarters in Washington.
Trump himself noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020.
"Trump is improving the economy - that's the most important thing for me", Rivera said.
Three states could elect their first African-American governors, while several others were running LGBT candidates and Muslims. Republican Brian Kemp, also secretary of state in Georgia, is running the election as well as running against Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Pelosi credits Democratic politicians and activists across the country with helping to fend off attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act following 2016 election results that left Republicans in control of Congress and the White House.
And 36 gubernatorial contests will be decided, with Democrats looking to put a dent in the current 17-seat advantage for Republicans. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who advocates gun control, poured millions into House races for Democrats, offsetting the big-dollar spending to save Republicans by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan.