Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump makes final push ahead of USA midterm elections

Trump makes final push ahead of USA midterm elections

A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump's slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.

They need to pick up two dozen seats to claim the House majority.

But the Democrats' edge is narrow.

With the Democratic Party needing a net gain of 23 to take back the House, its candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Denver that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. With control of the House, Democrats will chair powerful committees and have subpoena power to seek Trump's tax returns and more aggressively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion by the president's campaign. She said she used to vote for candidates from both major parties, but vowed never to support a Democrat because she was so upset by how new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was treated in his confirmation process.

Trump faces the prospect, starting next year, of endless investigations after Democrats formally take control of the House, along with stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to.

Nelson, 76, faced outgoing GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who poured over $50 million of his own fortune into his campaign, the most in the U.S.

On the contrary, if Republicans hold their ground, stocks could gain further, with hopes of more tax reform ahead. GOP Rep. Karen Handel scored a four-point victory in a fiercely-contested 2017 special election against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Democrats boast record diversity on the ballot. Wexton was among the record number of women running this year.

Trump, without control of Congress, could decide to triangulate.

On the other side of the country, in Atlanta, Georgia, voters waited in line for almost two hours to cast ballots, according to local media reports. This would seem likely even in a neutral environment, and history shows that these "toss-up" races tend to go strongly in the direction of the party with the electoral momentum.

Democrats celebrated a handful of victories in their "blue wall" Midwestern states, electing or re-electing governors in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and in Wisconsin, where Scott Walker was defeated by state education chief Tony Evers.

But in the first midterm under Trump - an utterly unconventional President - there are many unknowns, above all the bottom-line impact of a President who has driven both supporters and foes to a rare fever pitch of emotion.

"They want to impose socialism on our country".

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In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first gay Native American woman elected to the House.

With polls closing across the East, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district.

The result would be the GOP maintaining control of all the levers of power in Washington and having more room for error in the Senate, with a 53-47, 54-46 or even 55-45 majority. In a tweet Wednesday, he referred to the election results as a "Big Victory".

But two years after an election that proved polls and prognosticators wrong, nothing is certain on the eve of the first nationwide elections of the Trump presidency. Other tight Senate races are in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Some hurt worse than others.

There's been a lot of attention paid to the 25 GOP seats Clinton carried in 2016 - and rightfully so - but Democrats are also on offense in numerous dozen districts that swung from Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump four years later.

Voters go to a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

On Tuesday night, he called to congratulate Pelosi and acknowledged her plea for bipartisanship, the leader's spokesman said.

At his final rally late Monday in Missouri, Trump aligned stars of the conservative media, appearing with radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro.

Mr Kemp looks to defend his party's control of a state Democrats believe could be a presidential battleground in 2020. Still, Trump brushed off criticism that he was alienating moderate voters as he continued his massive rallies and overheated rhetoric.

Based on data from Gallup, no other president in modern USA history had such a low approval rating heading into their first midterm election.

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.

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