Republican win in IN makes Democrat path to Senate majority trickier

Democrats Win First Two Republican Held Seats In US Midterms

A Republican victory in both chambers of Congress would hand Trump a powerful mandate a month after he solidified a conservative majority on the Supreme Court when Senate confirmed his nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Americans hit the polls on Tuesday to vote in midterm elections that have evolved into a referendum on President Donald Trump, and the party that has spent much of the last two years defending him.

And Rep. Adam Schiff, slated to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to probe alleged Trump campaign-Russia collusion.

"Tremendous success tonight", Trump tweeted. "We have to pass this bill", Biaggi said after her primary win about legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade.

Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes.

The opposite trends in the House and the Senate speak to the quirks of the political system but also the growing divide between urban, diverse, more affluent Democratic areas and largely white, rural conservative regions.

In Arizona, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally are locked in a dead heat, Trump's approval is 52%, with 47% who disapprove.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, but the GOP's hold on power was further weakened by an unusually large number of retirements as well as infighting between conservatives and centrists over their allegiance to Trump.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 governorships were up for grabs.

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped. 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.

But Republicans made significant gains in the Senate, picking up key seats from incumbent Democrats in states where Trump won in 2016 and also turning back possible challenges in high-profile states like Texas.

In Texas, Republican Ted Cruz Cruz was projected to beat his challenger, Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke. They also suffered a setback in Florida, where Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded in his bid to become the state's first African-American governor.

The Republicans held on to the Senate and narrowly survived a number of big individual races, including in Florida.

Sen. Joe Manchin was the lone Democrat to back Kavanaugh, and his yes vote is believed to have put him over the top in a hotly contested race. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, a Democrat, also has a almost 20 point lead over Republican Grady Nouis in District 29.

The election is the culmination of two years of Democratic activism beginning virtually the day after Trump won the 2016 election and officially kicking off with Women's Marches across the country on the day after his inauguration.

Democratic leadership of the House's powerful investigative committees would breathe new wind into probes of Trump's opaque personal finances, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and even calls for his impeachment.

The results mark a rebuke of President Trump, whose visage dominated the midterms, though Republicans' better-than-expected Senate showing negated some of that.

The magnitude of the Democrats' gains in recapturing a majority in the House of Representatives is "not a miraculous achievement", he added.

Democrats turned out in droves to register disapproval of his policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers.

Many Republicans who lost their seats were moderates from suburban-heavy districts who tried to keep some distance from Trump and his rhetoric, but lost anyway.

Investors often favour Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda.

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