Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Republicans win Indiana as voters test Trump strength in US midterm polls

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Leonard Rios | 09 November, 2018, 09:08

He celebrated GOP success hanging on to the Senate and distanced himself from any blame. "Thank you to all!" Around 57% said they approve of the job he's doing, fitting with the positive news for Republicans as CNN predicts Republican Marsha Blackburn will take a US Senate seat.

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a victory party in Washington. Trump's aggressive campaign blitz, which paid off in some key victories, suggests he is likely to continue leaning into the fray.

The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for the first time since the 2010 election, beginning a split-power arrangement with the Republican-led Senate that may force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions and focus on issues with bipartisan support, such as an infrastructure improvement package or protections against prescription drug price increases.

But it remains to be seen whether Democrats' rage will amount to the so-called "blue wave" they've anticipated for almost two years, or whether it's even enough to gain the 23 seats needed to eke out a Democratic majority in the House.

Democrats swept the other statewide offices, with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul elected on a ticket with Cuomo, and New York City Public Advocate Tish James headed for a win for attorney general against Republican Keith Wofford.

Said White 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". The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs.

The magnitude of the Democrats' gains in recapturing a majority in the House of Representatives is "not a miraculous achievement", he added.

The turning point was when Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted incumbent Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat in Indiana.

Trump packed his closing argument with hardline immigration rhetoric and harsh attacks on Democrats as he stared down the prospect of Republican losses that could shadow his presidency.

Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman elected to Congress
She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Republican Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat. Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas became the first Native American women ever elected to Congress.

Possible mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, California
Several witnesses told ABC 7 the man was armed with a handgun opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Pictures and video footage show firefighters and first responders flooding the scene after multiple injuries were reported.

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Mitch Moreland was also a finalist for Gold Glove at first base but was beaten out by Oakland's Matt Olson . Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons also won in the AL.

The US President who headlined an unprecedented 50 rallies - 30 in the last two months alone - and has campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, watched the results come in with friends and family in the White House residence.

Rep. Maxine Waters, who has urged people to get in the faces of Trump administration officials in public could become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

As more and more GOP seats look vulnerable, Republicans fear that their House majority might be eliminated on Election Day.

It was a different story in the 100-member US Senate, where Republicans retained their control, US networks projected.

Tuesday's elections also tested the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender, and especially education. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness.

Some political pundits say that the midterm could also decide whether Mr Trump will be a one or two-term president.

Mr Manchin was the only member of his party to vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination narrowly survived sexual assault claims.

Allan, the Indianapolis truck driver, said he likes how Trump is leading the country, particularly when it comes to immigration and foreign policy. Now, Democrats are in control once again.

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