Americans vote in mid-term polls seen as referendum on Trump

Americans vote in mid-term polls seen as referendum on Trump

Americans vote in mid-term polls seen as referendum on Trump

They include Rashida Tlaib in Michigan's District 13, the first Muslim woman elected to Congress; Omar Ilhan, the Somali-American victor in Minnesota's District 5; Ayanna Pressley, who won her uncontested House race in Massachusetts' District 7 on Tuesday; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose primary upset over a 10-term incumbent paved her way to victory in New York's 14th.

Democrats now need to win only nine more Republican House seats to reach the net gain of 23 seats they need to secure a majority. Some are from districts Trump won in 2016 and see the San Franciscan as too liberal, while others represent liberal strongholds that view her as too willing to compromise.

Republicans Mike Braun and Kevin Cramer will defeat Democratic Sens. When Barack Obama's Democrats lost control of the House in 2010, he labeled it a "shellacking". And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms. He has brandished the media as the "enemy of the people" and Democrats opposed to his policies as "un-American".

All 435 seats in the U.S. House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive. Democrats are already drawing up plans for a panoply of investigations aimed at the President and his allies, who are bracing for the storm to come-including potential impeachment proceedings.

In his first tweet after election results started coming in Trump claimed success. Democrats racked up massive margins among women, young people, and nonwhite voters. Mr. Trump himself admitted the 10 percent tax cuts he wanted for the middle class likely won't happen without Republicans at the helm.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

For all those reasons the midterm elections turned out the way they did.

The election near the halfway mark of a president's first term is traditionally a referendum on the White House occupant. But in 2018, it wasn't only Democrats who were riled up. Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing up "for what he believes in". They also made inroads into Trump country as Democrats tried to win back white working-class voters.

In the 22 District, incumbent Republican Tom Buford of Nicholasville had a comfortable lead over Democratic challenger Carolyn Dupont, who teaches at Eastern Kentucky University, to keep the seat he's held since 1991.

And in Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first Native American and gay woman elected to the House.

In Fairfax County a crucial race between a Republican incumbent, Barbara Comstock and her Democratic challenger, Jennifer Wexton, is playing out. A new generation of Democratic representatives, propelled by resurgent activism, is heading to the halls of Congress. Expectations are high among Democrats and "they don't expect us to go in there and play it safe", said Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, a progressive caucus leader who supports Pelosi's leadership bid but acknowledges the pressures.

Representative Eliot Engel, the Democrat in line to head the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said they may also push for congressional authorization for the use of military force in places like Iraq and Syria.

In the long term, it is an interesting question, as more Democrats appear willing to question Israeli policies. But it's also because the midterm results may tie the GOP even closer to the President.

Meanwhile, the preach-to-the-choir strategy may have proven costly in suburban, traditionally Republican congressional districts with wealthier, better-educated populations. They embody a party now tethered to Trump's polarizing closing message of racial provocation, anti-immigrant fervor and jingoistic aggression. While Democrats and the so-called resistance movement were deeply and rightfully enraged about Trump's conduct, the president's backers and the GOP were equally deeply, if mistakenly, supportive of the president and enraged by the Democratic outrage.

Pelosi, in her victory speech, vowed to "find common ground where we can, and stand our ground where we can't".

Schiller said, "Everything about the rules of the game, about achieving power, has changed out from under her". But as a new political chapter opens in the Trump era, the future looks like a pitched battle between two starkly different versions of what America should be.

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