Trump actually did way better than Obama in his first midterm


The GOP looks poised for a net loss of only two seats in more sparsely populated districts, and will still hold an overwhelming majority of small-town districts.

Numerous winning candidates campaigned on the need for better health care for all Americans. "We were running on our incredibly different backgrounds and experiences".

Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the House was slipping.

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"Or we can work together", he said, adding that "it really could be a handsome bipartisan type of situation".

Almost 40 per cent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress.

Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office a year ago amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman.

Ever since Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory in 2016, there has been a quiet, enduring debate on precisely how he won it.

But a measure of how much bigger the overall Democratic House majority could have been is that about two dozen Republicans who won or were leading had similarly narrow margins of five points or fewer. But she added, "Where we can not, we must stand our ground". Women were motivated to turn out after Trump's election in 2016 because they felt that issues they cared about were under threat in Washington, said Andrea Dew Steele, founder and president of Emerge America, a group that works to recruit and train Democratic women to run for office.

But Republicans performed strongly in the deep red states where Trump mounted a frenetic final campaign blitz and proved that despite his low approval rating he remains a potent political force among conservatives. Trump visited the state three times.

The White House could respond to committee demands by citing executive privilege, but that would likely result in court battles. Blackburn will be the first female senator to represent her state.

Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have hurt Senate Democrats' ability to campaign by skipping the customary senatorial recess in August. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents.

With the House in their control beginning in January, Democrats will replace Republicans at the head of every committee, giving them the power to set hearing agendas, call witnesses and issue subpoenas to top officials of Mr Trump's administration.

Sutton made a race of it, leaning into a record of public service as well as his history as a professional bronco rider, a career that left him paralyzed. The Democrat surged in the latter part of the year, polling neck and neck with Noem, but fell just short on Election Day.

To be sure, some of the Republican tax-cut authors are leaving Washington on a high note.

He seized on scenes of a caravan of Central American migrants heading through Mexico for the USA, mused on ending the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to all people born in the United States and ran a television advertisement, deemed too provocative to air by mainstream networks, that linked Democrats to a criminal who was an undocumented immigrant. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates. For many Americans, strength in these two areas is substantially more important than anything else that influences their vote. That is likely to remain the case under Noem. LePage governed largely by mobilizing the House minority Republican caucus to sustain a record number of 642 vetoes - more than all other ME governors combined going back to 1917 and 80 times as many as his predecessor, Baldacci.

However, Republicans nearly certainly would have faced steeper losses if not for the low unemployment, rising wages and strong economic growth, boosted by recent Republican-driven tax cuts as well as a bipartisan stimulus package in this year's budget.

Also in the Senate, Wisconsin Sen.