Texas Democrats see bright spots, even if midterm wasn't Shangri-La

09 November, 2018, 06:52 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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But the Democrats appear to have won control of the House of Representatives with more than two-thirds of seats declared.

House Democrats are projected to win 229 seats and the Republicans 206 as a result of Tuesday's midterm elections, according to several networks such as NBC, ABC and FOX News.

They could also force the President to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

That result would give the Democrats the power to frustrate Donald Trump's political plans.

The GOP also got major wins in toss-up governors races in states like Florida and OH, though Democrats did manage to pick up wins in a number of states like IL and MI.

In addition to his conversation with Pelosi, Trump called Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as a number of candidates he backed during the race, the White House said.

The non-partisan Cook Political Report is forecasting a Democratic gain of at least 30 seats in the 435-member House.

Mr Trump is not up for re-election until 2020, but Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president.

He said: "Congrats to my brother Greg Pence on being elected to serve in the US Congress".

Republicans' failed efforts to repeal Obamacare became the centerpiece of House Democrats' campaigns across the country, with candidates unrelentingly highlighting GOP incumbents' votes to weaken protections for preexisting conditions to the point that many of those Republicans felt the need to go up with ads of their own claiming that wasn't true.

Democrats could derail Mr Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate.

Trump, who campaigned aggressively in the last several weeks, expressed satisfaction over the results and described this as tremendous success. The win makes her the first female United States senator from Tennessee.

"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", she said standing alongside other Democratic House leaders.

It's unclear just exactly how many House seats Republicans lost on Tuesday, but at this point the outcome didn't look as bad as that of 2010, when former president Barack Obama's Democratic Party lost a whopping 63 House seats just after Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. In District 16, Democrat Tammy Story has a 13 percent lead over incumbent Republican Tim Neville, with 55 percent of the vote as of 10:36 p.m. on Election Night.

Prior to the elections, the Republicans held 236 seats, and Democrats - 193, and six seats remained vacant.

To stem Republican losses, Trump sprinted through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings about what Democratic power would mean for the nation.

The tumultuous first 21 months of the Trump presidency has fired up progressives across the country, and prompted a swell of left-wing activism on policies like healthcare, gun control, and immigration - and a bitter crusade against broader societal issues ranging from sexual misconduct to rising white nationalism.

In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map.

At a polling place in Snellville, Georgia, more than 100 people took turns sitting in children's chairs and on the floor as they waited in line for hours.

Democrats were elected to more than 34 seats and now occupy a majority of the state Senate's 63 seats. According to preliminary information, Republicans have already ousted Democratic senators in Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, but lost one seat in Mississippi.



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