Control of Congress at stake as America votes in midterm election

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

Trump can speak to the American people when he is up for re-election and explain how he is the only one that can improve their lives because the Democrats just want to play political games.

USA voters decide Tuesday whether President Donald Trump will keep his Republican majority in Congress or face a hostile Democratic majority after a bitter campaign for midterm elections described by both sides as a battle for America's soul.

The outcome of the midterms will also mark the culmination of a bitter partisan battle for control of Congress and set the stage for the 2020 elections, where an expansive field of Democratic presidential candidates is expected to challenge Trump after his first term in office.

Trump's approval rating was negative among the nation's voters, and more said the USA was on the wrong track than heading in the right direction.

Still, nearly 7 in 10 said the economy was in good shape, and those who said their personal finances were in better shape now than two years ago outnumbered those who believed their finances were worse off, according to the polling.

That would give the Senate the role of blocking House-passed Democratic initiatives on everything from health care to the potential repeal of tax cuts on the wealthy that the GOP enacted past year.

Early returns were also inconclusive in Democratic Sen.

President Trump endorsed 21 candidates who are running for Senate. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs.

In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district.

Overall, however, Republicans seem much more optimistic about keeping the Senate than the House.

Republicans are looking to keep control of the Senate while only 35 of the 100 seats are up for election.

Tuesday's results were not the referendum on Trump's presidency - as it was dubbed. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.

Trump spent the day at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Among those expected: Vice President Mike Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the president.

Just after polls closed on the West Coast, Trump took to Twitter to hail his party's performance.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

The Democratic gains were fueled by women, young and Hispanic voters, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll found. Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared to 49% in the 2014 midterm congressional election. This is a different breed of Democrat.

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who is slated to steer the House Judiciary Committee warned that the election was about accountability for Trump.

GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana predicted his party would retain a slim majority, saying on election eve: "In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy". "When you talk locally, they're talking about protecting health care, they're talking about gun rights, gun reform", Wolf said.

Republicans held on to the upper chamber with key victories in Indiana, Texas and North Dakota.

"How we conduct ourselves in public life is on the ballot", Obama told Democratic volunteers in suburban Virginia.

Nevertheless, a series of firsts across the country signaled voters accepted unconventional candidates in an unconventional time in American history, electing two Native Americans, two Muslim women, two Latina women in Texas and the nation's first openly gay governor. A record number of women were running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

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