Democrats’ Pickup Chances Rise In More House Races, Analyst Says

Roman Schwartz
November 7, 2018

She also dismissed the possibility of a "blue wave" winning the midterms, citing the crowds that have come to hear the president speak. Democrats and their independent colleagues have to defend 27 seats, including in states that went heavily for Trump in the presidential election.

But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district.

Republican Mike Braun opened an early lead in the crucial Senate showdown in IN with incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, but the race was too close to call with just 20 per cent of the votes in. It was the first national election in the United States since the 2016 race in which Russian Federation interfered, according to U.S. intelligence agencies, with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord, harm the Democratic presidential candidate and boost Trump's chances.

Trump himself noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020.

Jay Hutchins, a 49-year-old Democrat who voted in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, was among those dissatisfied with Trump and the Republican-led Congress.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of nasty rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads.

Mr. Trump called Mrs. Pelosi just before midnight to congratulate her and acknowledged her calls for bipartisanship, a Pelosi aide said.

Donald Trump has hailed the Republicans' performance in the USA midterm elections as a "tremendous success" - despite losses which are set to see his party lose control of Congress. Also, more said they showed up at the polls to express opposition than did those who said they were casting a ballot to support him.

Trump said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting on Monday that he wished he had a softer tone during his first two years in office - even as he continued his relentless attacks on political rivals.

Trump previously claimed responsibility for the outcome of the midterm elections, with a White House statement saying the he gave voters a "clear choice".

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Tehran vowed to defy the economic war while Iranian clerical rulers have dismissed concerns about the impact on the economy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calls a "maximum pressure" campaign against the country's energy and banking sectors.

Ballot counting could drag in tight races, leaving some races undecided long after Election Day.

Some voting problems reported Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, USA rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation received during early balloting. The total number of women serving simultaneously may exceed 100 for the first time.

And Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, won an open Senate seat in Utah.

Pennsylvania looked particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.

Democrats were most optimistic about the House, a sprawling battlefield set largely in America's suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump's turbulent presidency, despite the strength of the national economy.

Rep. Frank Pallone (N.J.), who could helm the Energy and Commerce Committee, often boasts of the biopharma presence in his district. Trump, the Republicans' chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

"Democrats are inviting caravan after caravan, illegal immigrants to flood into our country", he said at a rally on the election's eve Monday.

Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions.

The battle for Georgia governor intensified in its final hours as Abrams, the Democrat, and Republican Brian Kemp framed the race as a stark choice for the state and prepared for another month of campaigning if no one wins a majority. Ted Cruz held off Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

Gallup also found that Democrats are less optimistic than Republicans when it comes to their chances of having a majority in the House in 2019.

The volatile campaign was marked by clashes over race, immigration and trade.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

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