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Trump agenda at stake as voters decide control of US Congress

Trump agenda at stake as voters decide control of US Congress”

Still, other sectors that could have been expected to benefit strongly from a Trump presidency have lagged.

House Democrats may not be able to push their bills into law, but they are certain to use their new majority - and the powers that go with it - to pursue a variety of investigations into Trump Cabinet members accused of misusing taxpayer funds; to subpoena Trump's tax returns and probe his business ties; to reopen the House inquiry into his campaign's link to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign; and quite possibly pass articles of impeachment against the president, depending upon how big the Democratic majority is.

According to CNN, exit polling showed that two thirds of voters considered the election to be about Trump, whose approval rating remains below 50 per cent. Whether Democrat challenger Richard Cordray can wrest the governorship away from opponent Mike DeWine - two-term Republican Gov. John Kasich has reached his term limit - depends largely on whether Cordray's focus on workers' rights can overthrow working-class fondness for the president.

Republicans retained Senate seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 51-49 majority, equal to their current margin. If Republican Martha McSally wins, she will become Arizona's first female senator.

They paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Missouri's Claire McCaskill.

Analysts expect pressure on stocks if Democrats gain control of the House and a sharper downward reaction if they take the Senate too.

Voters will "define the future, not just of Texas, but of this country, not just of this generation but every generation that follows", said Democrat Beto O'Rourke, a former punk band member challenging Senator Ted Cruz in traditionally deep-Republican Texas.

As Democrats picked up speed in their quest for the House, which would give them the ability to launch investigations into the president and stymie his agenda, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders minimized likely Democratic gains. The party is favored by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report to flip 18 GOP seats.

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Republicans - and President Trump - would counter this be pointing out that they held the Senate or even gained seats (which is rare). "Health care for millions of people". Short of compromises, perhaps on infrastructure, its initiatives will go nowhere in the House.

Democrats have been widely expected to pick up the seats needed to wrest control of the chamber from President Donald Trump's Republicans, who were expected to maintain control of the Senate. There are some issues, such as infrastructure, where both parties might find agreement. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of Senate Democrats' political arm.

Republican candidate Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are locked in a tight race that could head to a run-off if neither wins a majority on Tuesday.

Blackburn, a conservative and ardent Trump backer, defeated former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, 74. Bredesen had promised a bipartisan approach if elected and had won the endorsement of music star Taylor Swift. It would suggest - again - that polls might be underselling Trump's actual base of support and that we continue to fundamentally misunderstand what he's doing to our political coalitions.

A similar increase could be seen in certain sectors of the Chinese stock market in the event of a flipping of the House to Democrats. Democratic incumbents prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which Trump carried narrowly.

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken credit for the stock market's gains during his almost two years in the White House, and those claims are reasonable given the impact of tax cuts and pro-business policies on investor sentiment. Fueling their intensity were Trump's anti-immigration stances, his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under Obama and the #MeToo movement's fury over sexual harassment. More women than ever are running, along with military veterans and minorities, in districts across the country. "And so this really was my opportunity to help this country in changing who is making the decisions". Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election.

Two other sources close to the White House said that Trump is already blaming retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan for the loss of the House. "I think we're going to do very well". "I like the fact that he is not a politician, and I forgive some of the socially incorrect or politically incorrect things that he says".

Several ambitious Democrats easily won re-election, including presidential prospects Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. But there are massive implications for 2020, with Democrats in the midst of a debate between the progressive and moderate wings of the party. This contest features a matchup between two-term GOP Rep. David Young and Democrat Cindy Axne, a small business owner and first-time candidate.



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