Democrats Win Control Of The House As Republicans Retain Senate

Democrats Win Control Of The House As Republicans Retain Senate

Democrats Win Control Of The House As Republicans Retain Senate

Mr Trump's party is projected to hold on to the upper chamber in Congress, where they now hold a slim 51-49 majority.

Democrats could derail Mr Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate.

And keeping hold of the Senate is especially important for Trump since it will give the White House the chance to press on with one of his major legacy-building initiatives, restocking the federal judiciary with conservatives.

The President had dinner with his family and watched the results, which could have a profound impact on the rest of his term and could reshape Washington's balance of power, in the residence of the White House.

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Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

The election is the culmination of two years of Democratic activism beginning virtually the day after Trump won the 2016 election and officially kicking off with Women's Marches across the country on the day after his inauguration. It certainly didn't help Republicans that both retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested during the campaign that those programs needed to be reigned in.

Former president Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats joined candidates on the campaign trail.

In the last two decades there have only three election cycles where one party picked up 24 or more seats.

All 435 seats in the US House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive while Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

United States president Donald Trump's Republicans seized victory in Indiana's high-profile Senate contest, defeating Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and making the Democrats' narrow path to a Senate majority ever slimmer.

Trump called Pelosi, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and several of the Republican winners.

The result was all but assured when Republican Kevin Cramer ousted North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp and when Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign lost.

Sen. Ted Cruz won a narrow re-election victory in red Texas against Democrat challenger Beto O'Rourke.

The outcome is a significant victory for Democrats after the party was locked out of power in Washington following the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats also failed to capitalize on potential gains in Texas, where Sen. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL. In Kansas, Republican Kris Kobach, a Trump ally who was a leader of the president's disbanded voter fraud commission, fell to Democratic state senator Laura Kelly.

A CNN/SSRS poll released Monday showed Democrats with a gaping 55% to 42% lead over Republicans among likely voters in a generic congressional ballot. Hispanic voters favored Democratic House candidates by 33 percentage points - higher than the 18-percentage point gap that Democrats enjoyed in 2014, the poll found.

Trump had fought hard before polling day, crisscrossing the country to claim that Democrats would introduce socialism and making incendiary attacks on illegal immigration that opponents denounced as racist.

Having flipped at least 23 seats from Republican hands, the Democrats are set to retake control of the House after eight years in the minority, successfully splitting control of Congress with the Republicans, who have retained control of the Senate in earlier races.

Republicans now have majorities in both chambers of Congress, but polls show that the Democrats are poised to capture the House of Representatives.

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