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08 November 2018, 04:36 | Glen Norman
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chele Farley
With results still coming in, Democrats were on track to gain control of the House, while Republicans kept their Senate majority. With some races still undecided, Democrats appeared headed to a gain of more than 30 seats, well beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.
SaidWhite House counselor Kellyanne Conway: "I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people".
If Democrats do win the House, they are expected to launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest, while thwarting his legislative agenda.
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. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.
Democratic control of the House will nearly certainly lead to an onslaught of investigations of Trump's businesses and his administration.
But she added: "A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together, because we have all had enough of division".
Despite his party losing the House, Trump wrote on Twitter, "Tremendous success tonight".
Allan, the Indianapolis truck driver, said he likes how Trump is leading the country, particularly when it comes to immigration and foreign policy.
Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.
However, with a voter turnout surge and a disapproval rating for the President sitting at 55 percent, his opponents have come to the ballot box to make their voices heard.
Rep. Jim McGovern, the Massachusetts Democrat poised to chair the Rules Committee, said last month that House Democrats will seek to "restore some integrity" to Congress.
"With Democrats' leadership in the state solidified, NY can pass policies previously blocked by Republicans to expand health care coverage, address climate change, and ensure women retain the right to make their own medical decisions", Jessica Post, executive director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday.
For the Democrats taking control of the House gives them an opportunity to be more assertive in the Congress and prevent Trump for achieving his legislative agenda.
It was a ballot packed with amendments, special questions, a governor race and house and state senate races, but now election results are beginning to trickle in.
The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump's biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.
But also in Texas, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic congressman and former punk rock singer who had raised an unprecedented $60 million in his mission to win in the Republican stronghold, fell short to arch-conservative former presidential contender Ted Cruz.
Democrats were always facing an uphill battle in the Senate this year because they were defending 26 seats, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.
Republicans won key races in the red states of Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas and North Dakota to allow them to grow their 52-seat Senate majority by at least two seats.
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 fact, the defeats of incumbent Democrats Joe Donnelly, Claire McCaskill, and Heidi Heitkamp may free the president to appoint judges with clearer pro-life credentials, such as William Pryor or Amy Coney Barrett, now that Collins and Murkowski can no longer unilaterally derail a nominee.
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. So despite getting burned by polls in 2016, I think it's safe to say we will likely see a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives by tomorrow morning.
USA citizens will vote to select their preferred members of Congress, both for the House of Representatives and for the Senate, as well as state Governors and down-ballot positions such as local representatives and judges.
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