Seven takeaways from the U.S. midterm elections, United States News & Top Stories
- Lora Hunt
Republicans retained Senate control Tuesday after ousting Democratic incumbents in Indiana, North Dakota, and Missouri, delivering a victory to President Trump by preserving the chamber as a showplace for his conservative priorities for two more years.
The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, but highlighted an extraordinary realignment of US voters by race, sex and education.
U.S. Sen. -elect Josh Hawley makes his victory speech while his wife Erin looks on during an election watch party Tuesday in Springfield, Mo.
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. The AP hadn't called the race.
Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House. They'll have the power to conduct investigations into important issues, like whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, or wether Trump pays his taxes.
Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. Republicans are expected to hold 52 Senate seats and to retain their majority.
Four races are still up in the air - Arizona, Florida, Montana, and Mississippi.
Giddy predictions by Democrats of a so-called "blue wave" landslide in the House were still premature, even if a majority appeared guaranteed.
On the other side of the country, in Atlanta, Georgia, voters waited in line for almost two hours to cast ballots, according to local media reports.
AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, highlighted the effect Trump was having on voters. Two-thirds of voters said that they decided how to vote before the last month of the election.
Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least. Ted Cruz held off a stronger than expected challenge from Beto O'Rourke to win a second term, CNN projected.
In Indiana, Trump-backed businessman Mike Braun defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.
Blackburn, a conservative and ardent Trump backer, defeated former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, 74.
Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election.
A bunch of states passed laws that will make it easier for people to vote, which is good imo.
Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. But if Democrats have a good night, the entire premise of his presidency - an incessant effort to please his loyal political base, will be called into question.
The result was a bitter outcome for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.
That's very bad news for Donald Trump.
The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.
While votes were still being counted across the country, Democrats were expected to gain about 33 seats in the House, well over the 23 they needed to gain control of the chamber for the first time since 2010.
Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, was reelected in West Virginia, which Trump captured by 42 percentage points.
GOP hopes of gaining a seat from New Jersey were dashed when Democrat Sen. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury.
New York Democrats pulled their weight in flipping the House of Representatives to Democratic control, thanks to victories from Max Rose over Rep. Dan Donovan, Antonio Delgado over Rep. John Faso and Anthony Brindisi over Rep. Claudia Tenney.
Trump's racially tinged anti-immigrant rhetoric, while unpopular among college-educated urban and suburban voters, proved helpful in deeply conservative areas. The state's longest-tenured members of Congress in both parties won re-election and several on the Democratic side are likely to be appointed chairs of some of the body's most influential committees. Rep.
Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election, news networks projected. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Actually passing many bills, however, will be hard because the GOP will fall well short of the 60 votes needed to break through Democratic filibusters, procedural delays that kill legislation.
"Ever since President Trump has been in office, it has just been not the country that I am used to or that I thought I would be in, " said Sarah Roth, 22, a Democratic voter from Minnetonka, Minn.
Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular.
In the Senate, where Republicans were heavily favored to keep control heading into Tuesday's voting, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat in IN and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.
Donald Trump boasts about winning, but after Democrats seized the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the reality show-host-turned-president is finding out how it feels to be one of the "losers" he usually mocks.
All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.
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