Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Donald Trump braces for investigations galore as Dems take House

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chele Farley Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chele Farley
Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2018, 06:46

"Tremendous success tonight", the president tweeted.

Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes.

Republicans solidified their razor-thin Senate majority Tuesday night, knocking off several Democratic senators in traditionally red states.

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

Democratic favorite Conor Lamb, who stunned Washington by winning a special election in the state, beat Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a new district.

Ballots poured in from key races across the nation in tight races, the outcomes of which will determine the future of President Donald Trump's ambitious "America First" agenda.

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.

Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship.

Former vice president Joe Biden, often touted as a possible Democratic candidate to take on Trump in 2020, said he'd have been "dumbfounded" not to win the House.

As for Republicans retaining control of the Senate, she called it "a huge moment and victory for the president".

At least 90 women won their elections, with majority being Democrats.

An American voter told SAMAA Digital that they live in a time where everything is not as trustworthy as it once was.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is projected to have become the youngest woman ever elected to the US House at 29 years old.

The newly empowered House Democrats will have the ability to investigate Trump's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation.

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and staunchly conservative GOP activists have demanded a more conservative House leader, with many saying the chamber's Republican Caucus should select the next speaker in a private meeting. Most Democratic campaigns focused on health care and steered clear of the president.

He said: "Congrats to my brother Greg Pence on being elected to serve in the US Congress".

Republicans entered the night commanding the Senate only narrowly, 51-49. The GOP is expected to increase its tally, as counting of votes were still going on when reports last came in. A record number of women were running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

Democrats turned out to register disapproval of Trump's divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

"The Democrats flipped the House - President Trump is reportedly already blaming Paul Ryan", Kimmel said.

Trump has headlined 30 rallies in two months and packed out arenas of adoring fans.

Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, also applauded the president's efforts to support GOP candidates in a statement.

In victory, The Washington Post said Democrats regained some of the confidence - although less of the power - they lost in 2016, when Trump won a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

Americans voted enthusiastically, with long lines quickly forming at polling stations from NY to California and from Missouri to Georgia.

Millions of Americans voted Tuesday, and results have been projected in several races in the United States midterms, the critical first nationwide election seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.

The Democrats also won some of the high-profile governor's race including Kansas, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.