Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democrats get first House pick-up of midterms

Democrats get first House pick-up of midterms

There is a lot up for grabs Tuesday.

Heading into Election Day, Republicans had said their best-case scenario after Tuesday's voting was a narrower House GOP majority than the 45-seat margin they now command.

To stem Republican losses, Trump sprinted through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings about what Democratic power would mean for the nation.

There are 35 Senate races being decided across 33 states.

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Less than a half hour later, the Associated Press projected that Donna Shalala would win the fight for Florida's 27th district, a position vacated by retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Brown handily defeated fourth-term Rep. Jim Renacci, who dropped a governor's bid to run for Senate at Trump's urging. Four years later, Brat could find himself on the losing end of another upset, facing a strong challenge from Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer. It is typical enough that the party of the President will take a hit at the midterms.

But those are the swing districts.

Republicans had another pickup opportunity in New Jersey, where Democratic Sen.

While political pundits may ultimately analyze Tuesday's results as a test of Trump, many Americans will undoubtedly base their vote on factors other than their feelings about the president: economic indicators, health care, tax reform, immigration or just their overall comfort level with the direction the country is headed. Despite those moves, Lance might not be able to escape the shadow cast by Trump and the GOP agenda.

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. Seven seats are now vacant. Mitt Romney won the district by 12 points, but it went for Clinton by five. A victory here by Porter, a progressive favorite who has endorsed single-payer health care, would send a signal of how far the politics of this area have moved. Still, she was within striking distance in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016. Iowa's 3rd District is a prime example.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62 percent to 34 percent, up from 2014 when 54 percent backed Democrats and 36 percent supported Republicans. This contest features a matchup between two-term GOP Rep. David Young and Democrat Cindy Axne, a small business owner and first-time candidate.

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Democrats have expressed confidence that they'll score the net gain of 23 seats needed to take control of the House for the first time since 2010.

All eyes are on the several dozen razor-thin races that will decide if Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives and Senate or if one or both chambers flip Democratic.

Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least. But some of the biggest delays at voting booths were also in Georgia. Then Trump entered the picture. On Monday, he blitzed through a trio of Midwest states he won in 2016 - Ohio, Indiana and Missouri - exhorting his supporters to help send Republicans to Capitol Hill to help safeguard his administration's accomplishments and a booming economy.

But if the Democrats were to dominate votes in either the House or Senate, they could block future legislation.

In a suburban battleground in Atlanta, Republican Rep. Karen Handel won a costly special election earlier this cycle but faced an upstart challenge from Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed at a gas station.

"An American voter is not happy with one party being in charge", he said.

With Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine also retaining the party's control of the governor's office, outnumbered Democrats will continue to have little sway over state law-making.

They were part of a wave of female candidates on the Democratic side, including Jennifer Wexton, who easily unseated Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) in a closely watched race in Northern Virginia, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who narrowly defeated Repeblican Carlos Curbelo (R) in South Florida. Claire McCaskill is unable to hold on in Missouri.

As polls begin to close, the White House is stressing the effort President Donald Trump put into a political ground game aimed at putting Republicans in the win column for Tuesday's midterm elections.

The incumbent Democratic Senator Jon Tester is in a battle for survival against his Republican opponent Matt Rosendale. Heller initially opposed GOP proposals to dismantle Obamacare, only to vote in favor of the so-called "skinny repeal" measure that failed in the Senate.

Among the key issues that matter to voters, four in 10 people said healthcare topped their list, while 20 percent of people said the economy and immigration was their primary concern, respectively.

An IPSO poll conducted ahead of the mid-terms found "investigating and potentially impeaching" Trump was the number one priority for Democratic voters. For Democrats such as Rosen who are in razor-thin races, the potency of the health care argument could be crucial to their chances. Keep reading for a quick guide to the races you should pay the closest attention to tonight-and why.

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