Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

'She Has Earned This': Trump Praises Pelosi, Warns Democrats

'She Has Earned This': Trump Praises Pelosi, Warns Democrats

Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, Fox News and NBC News projected, giving Democrats the opportunity to block Trump's agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.

Trump's Republicans lost the House of Representatives in Tuesday's vote but increased their majority in the Senate.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 per cent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era. 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.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare.

"There's only been 5 times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President has won seats in the Senate in the off year election".

Meanwhile, Republicans Mike Braun and Kevin Cramer won Democratic-held Senate seats in IN and North Dakota, ousting incumbents Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

Around 1:30 a.m., the president tweeted a quote from conservative economist and actor Ben Stein that praised Trump's "magic" after the Senate victory. The loss of 26 seats in the House, meanwhile, is dwarfed by the 63 seats lost by President Barack Obama in 2010 and the 52 seats lost by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey beat Republican challenger Bob Hugin to win a third term. Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998.

Democrats failed to defeat a vulnerable incumbent in Kentucky, where Republican Rep. Andy Barr won over former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton carried 23 of these moderate Republican seats; and most of them-and some more-voted for the Democrats this week. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

History was working against the president in both the House and the Senate.

Trump praised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has come under scrutiny for his use of a security detail, chartered flights and a real estate deal, but seemed to leave open the possibility of replacing him.

Although Ronald Reagan would be aghast at Trump's protectionism and exclusionary nativism, the GOP is now Trump's party.

The U.S. political balance appeared set to shift Tuesday as early results came in from a momentous midterm election seen as a watershed moment in the tumultuous Donald Trump presidency.

The Democrats could also more effectively block his legislative plans, notably his signature promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

When Cummings and other Democrats asked previous year for records detailing Trump's separation from his businesses, they received an eight-page glossy pamphlet and a single email.

Exit polling showed that voters, like Democratic candidates, considered health care the number one issue and they turned out in record numbers.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

Trump boasted a growing economy but campaigned aggressively in the closing days on a hardline anti-immigration message.

Both sides presented the results as a victory, although Democrats had greater bragging rights considering they ended the one-party Republican stranglehold in Washington by recapturing the House.

And then there's a lawsuit against Trump by almost 200 Democratic senators and representatives who accuse Trump of constantly violating the Constitution's emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign and domestic interests.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout.

History was also made in New England, where two states elected their first African-American congresswomen: Ayanna Pressley in MA and Jahana Hayes in CT.

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