How 2018 midterms compare to past elections

REUTERS  Evan Semon               Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis speaks at his midterm election night party in Denver last night

The 2020 election year will see President Trump on the ballot, an extremely hard Senate map for Republicans, several more states that are not under full GOP control, and quite possibly a much less favorable economic environment. And it made clear the extent to which Trump has remade his party to his own specifications, as he suggested that those who survived were indebted to him, a president who prizes loyalty above all else. But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.

He noted Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said late past year it was time for Pelosi and other longtime party leaders to depart and let a new generation lead.

For 16 years, Pelosi has steered the House Democrats, first as minority leader, then speaker, then minority leader again after the 2011 Republican takeover of the chamber.

But the Democrats' edge is narrow.

In the Senate, Democrats were facing an uphill battle because they were defending 26 races, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.

Japanese officials say their alliance with the United States remains unshakable regardless of USA election results.

Incoming Democratic committee chairs are expected to lead investigations into Trump's long-hidden tax returns, possible conflicts of interest from his business empire and any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign team in the 2016 election.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland issued the warning shot at Trump and his administration Wednesday hours after Democrats sealed their takeover. Such transactions have prompted two lawsuits alleging that Trump is violating the Constitution's prohibition on presidents taking "emoluments", or payments, from foreign states. Just as in 2016, the polls were badly wrong in a number of states, particularly in and Florida, where Democrats lost tough races they were predicted to win.

The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees.

He has spent much of his turbulent tenure fueling the country's tribal divides rather than trying to bridge them, and that was the case during midterm campaigning when he daily called Democrats an "angry mob" that wanted "open borders" and Venezuela-like "socialism". A previous tally from Rutgers' Center for American Woman and Politics had the current record total of women in the House at 84 and the overall total including the Senate at 107. She and Somali-American Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be first two female Muslim members of Congress. But Trump helped Republicans claim governors' seats in OH and in Florida, where his hand-picked choice, Ron DeSantis, edged Andrew Gillum in the state's high-profile governors' race.

It appears Democrats' hopes for a so-called blue wave aren't going to be fulfilled after all as Republicans maintain control and even add to their advantage in the Senate. But not all the Democrats urging new leadership won election to the House. Trump won Texas with more than 52% of the vote in 2016. Democrats flipped seats in suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Denver.

Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.

Also among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House - Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico - and the first two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman. Heidi Heitkamp lost her re-election bid to Kevin Cramer.

Mr. Trump spoke with Mrs. Pelosi Tuesday night to offer congratulations after it became clear her party would take back control of the House.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it saw no prospects for an improvement in relations following the elections.

Trump dissected the elections in a combative White House news conference that stretched to almost 90 minutes as he put a defiantly glossy sheen on the mixed midterm results and stressed his party's victories in the Senate. The Associated Press projected that multiple Democrats in typically red states - Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly in IN - would lose their Senate seats.

Some hurt worse than others.

And, it should be noted, the Democrats got the majority back by winning the total national raw vote for House candidates by several points.

A first salvo is expected to come from Representative Richard Neal, who will likely be the Democratic chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and who has said he will demand Trump's tax returns from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Pelosi has said Trump's unreleased tax returns will be her first target.



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