Republicans fight to keep control of the Senate in 2018 midterms

Roman Schwartz
November 7, 2018

But on the strength of overwhelming support from rural areas, businessman Mike Braun put an end to Donnelly's Senate tenure - and, in all probability, to the Democratic Party's hopes of winning a majority in the upper chamber Tuesday night. And in Tennessee, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a top Democratic recruit. "You see how they've behaved".

If Democrats capture the House, they could block Mr Trump's agenda and launch congressional investigations into aspects of Mr Trump's administration, from his tax returns to possible business conflicts of interest and the nature of his 2016 campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president's side.

"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Trump declared in his final day of campaigning. Young voters promised to vote in record numbers as they waged mass protests in the wake of the February mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 students and staff dead.

Almost 40 per cent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 per cent said they voted to express support for Trump.

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden called on Americans to use their votes to reject Trump.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

However, he has failed so far to deliver on presidential campaign promises to replace the Obamacare healthcare law, and build a wall on the Mexican border that he said was needed to combat illegal immigration.

"The president absolutely is the focal point". Republicans now hold 51 of the 100 Senate seats. If Democrats manage to win the Senate, it would be a major setback for Republicans and a significant victory for a party that has been locked out of power in Washington since Trump won the White House. Even though the president won IN by 16%, Joe Donnelly was supposed to be one of the endangered candidates with a better chance to hold on. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen. Menendez is being challenged by Republican businessman Bob Hugin, 64.

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The case ended up with a hung jury and a mistrial and the charges were dropped.

"This is the single most important off-year election of my lifetime".

About a half-hour later, he gave GOP Rep. Peter King a shout-out.

There were no quick victories in the closely contested open governor's races in Florida and Georgia, two Deep South states where black candidates would break barriers if they win but faced Republicans who were drawing energy from their close alignment with Trump.

Outside a nearby yoga studio where suburban moms were gathering for a workout, another name came up: Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearings were marked by allegations of high-school sexual assault that Republicans have dismissed as a Democratic smear job.

After Ohio, Trump headed to campaign against vulnerable Democratic U.S. senators in IN and Missouri at the end of a six-day pre-election sweep that has featured heated rhetoric about immigration and repeated warnings about a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress, are up for grabs, as well as 35 seats in the 100-member Senate.

"The problem with them is that most analysts and readers treat them as if they're infallible", The New York Times' Nate Cohn wrote in 2014.

In Indiana and again in Missouri, Trump invited White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and counselor Kellyanne Conway on stage to speak along with his daughter Ivanka Trump.

He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends. A slow-moving caravan of thousands of Central American migrants trekking to the U.S. has served as ready fodder for Trump's diatribes for border security and immigration reform, and a roaring economy has helped the GOP foster confidence in their leadership.

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