USA midterms: Democrats flip the House of Representatives

  • USA midterms: Democrats flip the House of Representatives

USA midterms: Democrats flip the House of Representatives

In September alone, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, called for the panel to issue subpoenas to the Trump administration on seven different investigations, ranging from immigration to Obamacare.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Tuesday's elections will determine control of Congress in the final two years of Trump's term, and about 7 in 10 in voters said which party will hold control was very important as they considered their vote.

"Lavrov also reiterated Moscow's position that it is not meddling in US elections".

As Pelosi played a starring role in GOP attack ads against them, several Democrats said flat-out they would not vote for her as leader.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nancy Pelosi is telling Democratic lawmakers and supporters that elections are about the future and "thank you all for making the future better for all of America's children". But a crucial piece of math was in their favor Tuesday: The Democrats and their two independent allies were defending 26 seats, Republicans just nine.

Trump tweeted late Tuesday, seemingly choosing to focus on the Senate results.

Most Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign's final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like keeping down healthcare costs, maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Democrats quickly made important gains in the House, but Republicans defended in crucial races, like incumbent Andy Barr of Kentucky, whose House seat had seemed at risk.

US voters cast ballots on Tuesday to fill all 435 seats in the US House Representatives and approximately one-third of the 100-member US Senate in addition to other local and state offices. For presidents with approval ratings below 50%, like Trump, the average loss was 37 House seats.

The writing may have been on the wall in September, when Democrats unexpectedly lost a state Senate seat in San Antonio.

Mr Trump spent the final weeks of the campaign telling supporters that Democratic victories would threaten their safety and stability.

Their party had put high hopes in flipping the traditionally Republican Texas, but candidate Beto O'Rourke came up short against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. They also suffered a setback in Florida, where Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded in his bid to become the state's first African-American governor.

The 2018 midterm elections will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control Congress.

Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.

At least 90 women won their elections, with majority being Democrats. "He's galvanized many Americans who are deeply concerned about the country's direction under Trump to want desperately to elect more Democrats to Congress".

A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump's policy agenda.

Clinton outpolled Trump in 10 Republican-held Texas House districts and one state Senate district. And they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

As Melber notes, this is something that does not require a Senate or even a full House vote.

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular.

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.

Trump encouraged voters to view the first nationwide election of his presidency as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said. In the last such congressional elections in 2014, there were 27.5 million early votes.