Democrats Take Control of the House With Victories in the Suburbs

Democrats Take Control of the House With Victories in the Suburbs

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies.

Trump waited until late in the night to weigh in on the midterm vote, tweeting a succinct message that overlooked expected Democratic gains in the House, writing: "Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!"

FOX News is projecting that the Democrats will retake the U.S. House, but the GOP will retain control of the Senate. Widely viewed as a referendum on Trump's presidency, the results offered a split decision that revealed deep divides in the American electorate.

Miloscia, a former Democrat turned moderate Republican, on Tuesday trailed Democrat Claire Wilson, president of the Federal Way School District Board, by about 6 points. Political pundits had predicted a much greater gain for the Democrats in the House, which was pointed out by the GOP leaders as they tended to give the credit for this to Trump.

She says, "Maybe you get a ripple but I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave".

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through the two dozen suburban districts Clinton won and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago.

In the Issaquah-area 5th District, a pair of Republican House candidates - former Rep. Chad Magendanz and current Rep. Paul Graves, R-Fall City - trailed Democratic challengers Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan.

The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.

"I feel confident we will win", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said as the polls opened. There is no Senate race this year, but where the Secretary of State Brian Kemp leads Georgia state legislator Stacey Abrams.

In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun snatched the seat from Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, but corruption scandal-tainted Senator Bob Menendez saved his seat for the Democrats in New Jersey.

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In the Senate, where Democrats were defending seats in 10 states that Trump won, Republicans ousted three Democratic incumbents. GOP Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise are all potential contenders for the position.

In the last two decades there have only three election cycles where one party picked up 24 or more seats. For presidents with approval ratings below 50%, like Trump, the average loss was 37 House seats.

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.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, USA rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting.

"We have the beginning of a new Democratic Party, younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans, can win in MI, can win in Pennsylvania, can win in OH", said Van Jones, a CNN political commentator. They believed that Clinton's showing meant that some Republican voters, tired of GOP control of Washington and Austin, might defect.

He is more popular in IN, where 53% of voters approved and 47% disapprove, according to the exit poll data.

Despite Trump's deeply polarizing effect on voters, the GOP harnessed his rock-solid popularity with hard-right voters in rural, deep-red states. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness. One quarter of those casting a House ballot said they did so in part to support him.

Mr Manchin was the only member of his party to vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination narrowly survived sexual assault claims.

Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border.

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