Porter Projected To Win In Orange County As Democrats Take The Lead

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 16, 2018

But McCarthy added, "We took a beating inside the suburban areas".

McCarthy defeated Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in the two-way race during a closed-door vote Wednesday afternoon. Jordan is a leader of the far-right House Freedom Caucus.

She will only need the votes of a majority of House Democrats when elections are held this month, but will need 218 votes on the floor in January to actually be elected House Speaker. Bolstered by an endorsement from the exiting House Speaker Paul Ryan, McCarthy was elected by a large margin: 159-43, CNN reports.

McCarthy told reporters before the party elections that "we've got a plan" to counter Democrats in the next two years.

For Democrats, Illinois Sen.

Ernst on Wednesday called her election to leadership "a great honor".

The race wasn't without a fight. Joni Ernst of Iowa.

The three leadership elections that took place Wednesday went largely as expected. Lisa Murkowski stepped away from her post after losing a primary challenge. A program handed out earlier this week included a blank portrait instead of Scott's face as votes are still being recounted. The Russia investigation also plays into this conundrum; Schumer has said that if acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker doesn't recuse himself from oversight of the investigation, they will push to include a bill protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Rebel Democrats say the fight is just getting started, so alternatives could emerge if it becomes clear that Mrs. Pelosi cannot corral the votes during their November 28 meeting.

Nelson and Scott are in Washington as incumbent and newly elected lawmakers arrive on Capitol Hill. State law enforcement and elections officials say no fraud complaints have been filed.

Senate Democrats also maintained their basic leadership, with Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY winning another term after limiting his party's losses last week.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL was re-elected as minority whip, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state won a new term as assistant leader. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of MI was re-elected as Democratic policy committee chair.

Grassley was chosen by his Republican colleagues to become Senate pro tempore, "a position that has historically been bestowed upon the most senior member of the majority party", according to a press release issued Wednesday by the senator's office. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP whip, is being forced out by term limits.

For Republicans, South Dakota Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Sen.

But Rep. Gary J. Palmer of Alabama, who was elected chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said Republicans will serve in their role as the opposition.

Republicans are poised to elect their first woman to leadership in nearly a decade.

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