Trump avoids rout in 'referendum', deadlock looms in split Congress (News Analysis)

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The results were more mixed deeper into Trump country.

The last time there was configuration like the one heading into 2019, with a Republican President (Donald Trump), a Republican Senate and a Democratic House was during the first six years of Ronald Reagan's administration.

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 Trump administration will face a level of scrutiny from Congress that it has not yet faced.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots, according to a survey of the American electorate by The Associated Press.

And, it should be noted, the Democrats got the majority back by winning the total national raw vote for House candidates by several points. Former President Barack Obama's Democrats suffered what he called a "shellacking" in congressional elections in 2010.

Cummings' threat follows signals from Democrats that they will demand that the Treasury hand over Trump's tax returns, something the president has avoided for two years. Democrats say that will change nearly immediately when the 116th Congress opens on January 3. They voted for transparency and accountability.

Representative Adam Smith of Washington state, who is likely to become chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has made it clear one of the first topics he wants the new Democratic-held House to hold hearings on is troop deployments to the Mexican border.

So far, the administration has ignored their questions.

"With the Democrats taking over the House we will now have to see what gridlock in Congress means for policy".

The outcome of elections for state positions could also affect future control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"He's a highly respected man, especially by law enforcement, and I think he's going to do a great job", Trump said.

But they missed in Florida, where Andrew Gillum conceded a race he narrowly lost, and OH, where first-time candidate Richard Cordray fell short against veteran Mike DeWine.

It means Democrats could look into everything from Chinese trademarks granted to companies linked to Trump and his daughter Ivanka, to a probable reopening of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And that includes passing budget measures to keep the government in operation.

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Democrats specifically hammered Republicans on the issue of healthcare protections for people with preexisting medical conditions, which the GOP has consistently worked to erode.

Some incumbent Democrats who voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court were defeated.

The House majority will be narrow, and some tension surrounds its choice of a speaker and other officers.

Her office hasn't provided an more precise explanation. In West Virginia, voters turned their back on Trump and re-elected Democratic Sen.

The Senate Republicans' leadership team also includes Sen. Much of what his panel does could depend on the timing and content of Mueller's report.

But Republican voter James Gerlock, 27, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies.

Several ambitious Democrats easily won re-election, including presidential prospects Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

Voters around the U.S. turned out in record numbers to shape their local and state governments against a backdrop of national division in this week's midterm elections. The members aren't allowed to release them publicly, though. Drug stocks could come under pressure on a bipartisan plan to rein in drug prices. They want Congress to perform its oversight function, especially with an erratic president.

As the night wore on, Democrats picked up at least 29 Congressional districts held by Republicans.

"When Democrats win, and we will win tonight, we will have a Congress that is open, transparent and accountable to the American people", Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to the reclaim the speakership, said on Tuesday night.

Pelosi suggested that the new majority's emphasis will be more about traditional checks and balances than investigative excess.

A strong showing from Democrats winning governorships in key states like Wisconsin and MI will allow them to reshape congressional and state legislative districts.

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