Midterms serve as practice run for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign

US Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

The Democrats also picked up seven new governorships, thus revitalising their party ahead of 2020. He is going after them because they are very liberal Democrats. The latter emphasise Trump's surprisingly protectionist economic rhetoric - once unthinkable from a Republican - that railed against a system controlled by global elites to the detriment of the working Americans who've watched their jobs disappear. The Democrats, in fact, gained 28 seats (and counting) which put them well past the 218 seats needed to control the House.

"Indeed it is a good morning for Senate Republicans", the Kentucky Republicans told reporters. As of this writing, not every race has been called and it is not yet clear how large the Democrats' majority will be, but it is already clear that the Speaker's gavel, and control of the House investigative committees, will go to them.

Democrats also closed the GOP's 27-11 supermajority in the Senate, shrinking the gap to 22-16.

Some House Democrats have threatened to use the subpoena power they will gain in January to investigate Trump and administration actions. The president was a dominating presence in the midterms, appearing frequently in campaign rallies, on Twitter and on the news - just about everywhere except the ballot. In 1962, the then president John F Kennedy lost four seats (the fewest ever).

How many seats do Democrats have in the Senate? Republicans in the state recently passed a bill to require women to seek more counseling before they get an abortion. The victory for Democrats could open up the president to possible investigations and stymie the GOP's policy progress. The 2010 and 2014 elections were considered referendums against Barack Obama's domestic policy, especially with respect with the stimulus package, the auto bailout and The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Trump drives voters to the polls, but that cuts both ways. Tea Party candidates were even able to displace traditional Republicans.

There is no question that Trump drives up voter turnout, with 2016 seeing a 6.5 per cent increase from 2012. However, though the turnout this time did not match 2016, turnout was high for a midterm. This was a defining moment for them, as they saw the election as a way to regain a modicum of control over government.

Their lawsuit also has a potential wrinkle that involves another figure of the tense midterm election season - newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Approximately 114 million votes were cast in House races in 2018, compared to 83 million in 2014. MacArthur hasn't conceded, but trails by more than 2,000 votes.

That women swept the top of the ticket - from statewide offices, to the U.S. Senate - is "a historical occurrence", said Weinfeld, of MSU.

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Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress: Ilhan Omar, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war, and Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat who ran unopposed, became the first black woman to represent MA in Congress. Native American women threw their hat into the ring in Kansas and New Mexico.

The White House Correspondents' Association declined immediate comment.

While it's typical for the president's party to lose seats in the House in midterms, it's highly unusual for the president's party to gain seats in the Senate in the same election.

But historical precedent suggests that an aggressive strategy targeting the president may backfire come 2020. Sen. He also knows that states are the key to winning the White House.

The president expressed hope that he and his fellow Republicans in Congress could work on legislation across party lines.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. Which is usually the case (post-Cold War) whenever government is unified.

The news for the next year or longer seems likely to be dominated by a steady stream of coverage of the people closest to Trump as they testify before Congress under duress, or under a grant of immunity, or coverage of their refusal to speak at all for fear of incriminating themselves.

The president countered that Democrats can choose to work on issues together, or they can pursue their lengthy list of investigations against the administration, but they cannot do both. It could very well lead to a far more polarised Senate.

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