President Trump Turned the Midterms Into a Referendum on Himself

Howard TerryNov 09, 2018

He celebrated GOP success hanging on to the Senate and distanced himself from any blame.

Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted first-term incumbent Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat in Indiana.

At 11:15 pm, when Republicans had cemented their majority in the Senate but Democrats were on their way to taking power in the House, Trump tweeted that the election had been a "tremendous success".

IN voters have a positive view of the nation's economic outlook - seven in 10 said the nation's economy is good while about 3 in 10 said it isn't.

Americans voted enthusiastically, with long lines quickly forming at polling stations from NY to California and from Missouri to Georgia.

Pelosi has said she plans to run for House speaker if Democrats flip the House, but she has also said she views herself as "a transitional figure", fueling speculation about who will one day succeed her and whether she could face a challenge in her bid for the top spot in leadership in a new Congress. Trump's aggressive campaign blitz, which paid off in some key victories, suggests he is likely to continue leaning into the fray.

And keeping hold of the Senate is especially important for Trump since it will give the White House the chance to press on with one of his major legacy-building initiatives, restocking the federal judiciary with conservatives.

Maybe the "blue wave" turned out to be a "blue ripple", Seth Meyers said on Late Night, "but hey, if you've been in the desert for two years, a little splash of water feels like a damn tsunami".

Sanders says Trump also called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "to congratulate him on historic Senate gains".

Fox News declared at 9:45 p.m. that Democrats had gained at least 23 seats in the lower chamber, giving Democrats control of the House for the first time since 2010.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on boosting Republicans in states that he carried in 2016.

In trying to stem Republican losses, Trump made only passing reference to his $1.5 trillion tax cut - the GOP Congress' signature achievement - and instead barnstormed through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Rep. Kevin Cramer over Sen.

LIVE UPDATES: Follow our live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections here. With media outlets projecting the Dems are going to retake the House of Representatives, the party is apparently not waiting for the gavel to start making moves against the president.

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies.

"Many of their victories in the House went to candidates who were more center-left, not left-left".

Just a day before the midterm elections, President Trump said he didn't think they'd be a referendum on his first two years on office.

The Republicans' gains came even as the results in Nevada and Arizona had yet to be determined. "Even more to the point, 37 percent of voters overall, as well as 37 percent of independents, claimed a reason for their House vote was to express opposition to Mr. Obama".

Nearly a quarter of voters considered immigration to be the top issue, while another one-fifth said it was the economy. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness. He said he agreed with Trump on some issues but promised he wouldn't be a rubber stamp. AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

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