US Midterms 2018: State of play

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 2018

The outrage of the Democratic resistance is facing off against the brute strength of president Donald Trump's Republican party in a fight for control of Congress and statehouses across the nation.

Romney clinched the win Tuesday as he defeated Democrat Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County council. Wexton was among the record number of women running this year. Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also won. They were heavy favorites in their races.

There are also elections for 36 of the 50 state governors. "I would think twice about it".

"Ever since President Trump has been in office, it has just been not the country that I am used to or that I thought I would be in", said Sarah Roth, 22, a Democratic voter from Minnetonka, Minnesota.

"Democrats had a narrow path through the suburbs in districts won by Hillary Clinton, and it appears they were able to flip those seats despite strong performances from our candidates who consistently outperformed the top of the ticket in almost every race", Daudt said in a statement.

Republicans still had advantages in some areas, giving them hope of retaining a slim majority.

In the United States, during what's been one of the most remarkable political seasons in the country's modern history, some experts are wondering if the country is in the midst of a historic partisan realignment, one that could have lasting repercussions on the traditional red-blue model. It was widely expected that if the Republicans padded its current two-seat majority, it would do so only modestly.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is hailing "a new day in America".

Democrats needed to gain two Senate seats to win a majority, assuming all their incumbents were re-elected, an unlikely outcome.

A poll in October by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School found that for 18-to-29-year olds, 40 percent report that they will "definitely vote" in the midterms, with 54 percent of Democrats, 43 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Independents considered likely voters.

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Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota seemed at greatest peril of losing.

"The only check right now on the behavior of these Republicans is you and your vote", Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.

But Tuesday's elections remain noteworthy for the fact they generated unprecedented interest among voters keen to weigh in on the first two years of a presidency riven by angry anti-immigrant rhetoric, bitter political feuding and pointed personal attacks on the part of Trump himself.

Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border. Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends. Milner, who said he backed Republican congressional candidates, added, "It's like, 'OK, no matter what Trump wants to do, we're not going to vote for it.' I don't like that".

Democratic control of the House would break the GOP's monopoly on power in Washington and would nearly certainly lead to an onslaught of investigations of Trump's businesses and his administration.

In battlegrounds where Democrats were thought to have chances to gain seats, first-term Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen was in a close contest with Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, the only Republican seeking re-election in a state Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential race.

"Senate Democrats faced the most hard political map in 60 years", said Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.

"I'm feeling really good now; this is a good night for Republicans", Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Tennessee's Bob Corker, both leaving Congress after accusing Trump of dishonesty and questioning his competence.

Republicans had another pickup opportunity in New Jersey, where Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges. Democrats flipped seats in suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Denver.

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