Republicans Win Enough Red States To Expand Senate Control

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 2018

As polls began closing in one of the most bitter midterm elections in years, Democrat Sherrod Brown rode his blue-collar appeal to re-election in OH, a state Trump carried two years ago.

Wolf, who has been meeting with Democrats in key swing states in recent months, explained that the Democrats have an advantageous path to a House majority, but the path in the Senate is "incredibly tough".

Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least.

Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren were easily re-elected, the first of a batch of potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls expected to win fresh Senate terms.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier minimised likely Democratic gains.

US intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election with social media posts meant to spread misinformation and sow discord, an accusation denied by Moscow.

He said that many people are making the midterms all about President Trump, but in these elections - like many midterms - "politics is local".

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds. More women than ever were running, along with military veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise. The GOP had been given a good but not solid chance of retaining control of the Senate, through which President Trump's judicial nominees must travel.

It also will test Trump's ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

Trump himself noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020.

The verdicts in the House and Senate were based on incomplete results as vote counting continued across the country and some states were still voting in a congressional election cast as an unofficial referendum on Trump. A CNN poll released on November 5 found that Democrats led Republicans on a generic ballot by 13 points, 55 percent to 42 percent.

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Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign season were struggling.

Trump has framed the elections as a choice between law and order maintained by Republicans and an out-of-control Democratic mob, while focusing heavily on hardline immigration campaign promises, including a legally dubious pledge to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants born in the US.

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. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was projected to hold his seat in Ohio. The Senate, where only 35 seats are up for grabs, has a map that favors the Republicans.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, U.S. rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting.

But a US Department of Homeland Security official said the reports of voting technology failures appeared so far to have had no significant impact in preventing people from voting.

Tom Mooney, a voter in the same district said he was casting his vote for the Republicans.

But as he touched down in IN for the second leg of his final-day tour Monday, even Trump conceded that the House may slip from his party's grasp.

Opposition control of the house could seriously impede Trump's plans for the next two years, which include trying to build a wall along the Mexican border, possible new tax cuts and more attempts to dismantle Obamacare.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of nasty rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

Districts around the country reported unusually high turnout: according to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million Americans cast their ballots early ahead of this election, compared with 27.4 million in the 2014 midterm.

The party of a first-term president tends to lose congressional seats in off-year elections.

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