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Republicans grow Senate majority, lose House — Blue wave’ fizzles

Republicans grow Senate majority, lose House — Blue wave’ fizzles”

The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape USA politics for years to come. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America's suburbs.

That tilt to the right is likely to mean even more pressure by top leaders for members to stick together to vote on legislation that is closely aligned to Trump and his agenda. The AP hadn't called the race. "Dealing a major setback to President Trump's legislative agenda".

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. Republicans had hoped that a strong economy and Mr. Trump's ability to turn out base voters would be enough to overcome high levels of enthusiasm among Democratic voters. While some expected that Senate control could be unclear until well into Wednesday or beyond, the GOP ensured their majority well before midnight Tuesday.

The party needed a net gain of 23 seats to break the Republicans' eight-year hold on the House and place a check on President Donald Trump.

With a few races unresolved early Wednesday morning, Republicans stood a chance of building on their majority by adding seats in such states as Florida, Arizona and Nevada.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says a Democratic wave may look more like a "ripple".

A street in the city's charming Little Italy section bears her name - Via Nancy Alessandro Pelosi - celebrating the famous daughter who decamped for San Francisco and helped transform California from the state of Ronald Reagan to the headquarters of Trump resistance.

"If we actually care about women's health and we actually are a state that's a leader in this country, then the Reproductive Health Act is one of those bills that will make sure that we protect women", she added.

Individual races "will be close", she said, but because of the "quality of our candidates" and emphasis on preserving health care, "I feel confident we will win". Democratic favorite Conor Lamb stunned Washington by winning a special election in the state and faced Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a new district that was among four that could flip from red to blue.

The tumultuous first 21 months of the Trump presidency has fired up progressives across the country, and prompted a swell of left-wing activism on policies like healthcare, gun control, and immigration - and a bitter crusade against broader societal issues ranging from sexual misconduct to rising white nationalism.

Republicans paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

In gubernatorial races, Republican Kris Kobach, a Trump ally, was beaten by a Democrat in Kansas. Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away.

Malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. "Certainly we feel good about where things are headed".

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

That would give the Senate the role of blocking House-passed Democratic initiatives on everything from health care to the potential repeal of tax cuts on the wealthy that the GOP enacted previous year. The new congressional map shifted several districts in Democrats' direction. Bob Menendez won a third Senate term, despite a federal bribery indictment that prosecutors dropped this year after a mistrial. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury.

"We're seeing the ramifications of Democrats on these committees who have this kind of power", Melber said.

Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully in 2016, has left the door open to the possibility of challenging the Democratic leader again, while others are mulling a bid only if Pelosi steps aside or if she were to be defeated in a run for speaker.

In the Miami area, former Clinton administration Cabinet member Donna Shalala defeated television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in a costly, roller-coaster contest.

Outside Richmond, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat faced an unusually strong challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the Republican vote to gut the Affordable Care Act. Along with Sherrod Brown, a pro-labor lawmaker re-elected in OH, the four are considered potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar were easily re-elected.

He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends.

Vice President Mike Pence congratulated his brother for serving in the US Congress. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

Republicans won Congress in 2010 and retook the Senate in 2014.

S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

"When we win, on the opening day, our Democratic Congress will be open and transparent", Pelosi said at an event Tuesday morning.

In the last two decades there have only three election cycles where one party picked up 24 or more seats.



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