United States midterms: Democrats flip the House of Representatives

Eileen GuzmanNov 07, 2018

According to NBC News, the Democratic party has a 80% chance of retaking control of the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday night, a midterm election bounceback that will see Democrats projected to win at least 23 seats that were previously held by Republicans.

Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House, and female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare. These 411 women, men and L.G.B.T candidates are running for the House, Senate and governorship.

And if Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won in Arizona, she would become the country's first openly bisexual senator.

The outcome has serious stakes for the president.

That was enough to give pundits confidence in calling the overall race for a majority in the House.

"New York will once again be a progressive beacon as Democrats continue to build the blue wall of resistance against Washington Republicans' extremist agenda", she added.

Pollsters, gun shy after getting their 2016 presidential prediction wrong, urged caution.

According to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million Americans cast their ballots early this time compared with 27.4 million in the 2014 midterm.

"Democratic voters are usually less likely to turn out", Ratcliff said.

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., left, speaks to the media after voting in Camillus, N.Y., November 6, 2018.

The race for control of the General Assembly is shaping up, and it seems Democrats are poised to break the Republican super majority in the House.

Republicans still had advantages in some areas, giving them hope of retaining a slim majority. Trump tweeted late Tuesday, seemingly choosing to focus on the Senate results.

"We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections", the President said at a Missouri rally last week. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company.

There was another blow for Democratic morale as Texas Sen. She was expected to lose to political newcomer Jennifer Wexton.

Ms. Comstock would be the first GOP casualty of the night, losing her district in suburban Washington. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers.

District 4: Former Democratic school board member Susan Evans received 61.82 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Kim Coley, who had 38.47 percent. Both are Navy veterans. Alexander's northern Wake district, and Barringer's southern one lean Republican, but Democrat Sam Searcy's campaign spent more than $1 million on the race. But now the Democrats are harnessing military patriotism too. In another early race to watch, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath took on three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Kentucky district that extends beyond Lexington.

A Republican victory in both chambers of Congress would be a validation for Trump's polarizing style, a month after he solidified a conservative majority on the Supreme Court when the Senate confirmed his nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a fight over sexual misconduct accusations against the jurist.

Democrats are expected to hold leadership elections after December 5, potentially allowing other House Democrats to whip support to challenge Pelosi. Republicans picked up seats in IN and North Dakota, knocking off Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp respectively.

On the other side, Republicans led with voters between the ages of 50 and 64 (52 percent to 43 percent), men (50 percent to 43 percent) and whites (50 percent to 44 percent).

The tax law has been particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where four of five GOP-held seats were being seriously contested. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat and chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Almost 200 Democratic women are running for Congress this year, compared to just 59 Republicans.

Trump has campaigned personally for the 38-year-old Hawley and called him a rising star in the party.

Stirring fear of foreigners and trumpeting American nationalism worked for the real estate billionaire in his 2016 election victory against the Democrats' establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.

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