Democrats take House control; Republicans expand Senate majority

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

In the House of Representatives, the Democrats gained 24 seats giving them enough for the majority in the 435-membered chamber.

In the leadup to the election, anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House could slip away.

But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep political divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. Around 57% said they approve of the job he's doing, fitting with the positive news for Republicans as CNN predicts Republican Marsha Blackburn will take a US Senate seat.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

By capturing the House of Representatives, the Democrats may exert a major institutional check on Trump and break the Republican monopoly in Washington.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won re-election.

Some GOP incumbents in Clinton districts have prevailed, including Rep.

President Donald Trump weighed in on Tuesday's midterm elections via Twitter.

Markets in Asia and Europe mostly rose on Wednesday, but analysts warned about the economic impact from gridlock on Capitol Hill left the two houses of Congress split between Democrats and Republicans. However, President Trump has gone to bat for Republican candidates this cycle, holding eleven campaign rallies in just the week leading up to Election Day.

Two unexpectedly hard races in deep-red states went to Republicans.

He would have a ready-made target, a Democrat-controlled House, to blame for obstructing progress.

Jared Polis is projected to win the Colorado gubernatorial race, becoming the first openly gay man to be a USA governor.

Mr Trump is expected to wield the axe in the wake of the midterms, with figures close to the president predicting that cabinet members will be forced out. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was projected to hold his seat in Ohio.

And, as The New York Times pointed out, Mr Trump is counting on his negative campaigning to bring out his supporters.

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

"I'm convinced he has no idea what's about to happen: The fact that the House now has wide-ranging authority to investigate every inch of his administration".

The booming economy, which Trump was counting on to shore up his party, didn't play as big a role as he'd hoped.

Republican Rick Scott edged incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat in Indiana, Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, and Republican Josh Hawley defeated Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged this week that, while he believes the GOP will keep its House majority, the president's party typically loses seats in the first midterm election. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.

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. Thirty-five of the 100 Senate seats went to polls.

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