Trump upbeat despite House loss, will hold news conference

Trump upbeat despite House loss, will hold news conference

Trump upbeat despite House loss, will hold news conference

Still, Democratic control of the House of Representatives if not of the Senate will likely not lead to the dire political chaos that Republicans fear or, on the foreign policy front, to the substantive shift of current U.S. attitudes or policy toward Russian Federation.

But the Democrats' edge is narrow.

Democrats are favoured by election forecasters to pick up the minimum of 23 House seats they need for a majority. The polls now show Democrats with a razor-thin, but consistent advantage heading into Election Day.

Still, he celebrated GOP success in expanding the party's majority in the Senate and seemed to blame losing candidates for distancing themselves from him and his unorthodox methods.

The Indiana victory by Mike Braun, a businessman and former state legislator who closely embraced Trump, coupled with GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn's triumph in Tennessee put Democrats in a grim spot in their longshot drive to capture the Senate control. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country".

Fox was alone among USA media outlets with the call.

The Republican Senate win was especially significant because that chamber confirms nominations, including for Supreme Court justices and federal judges, a top GOP priority.

While an August poll by Rasmussen Report indicated Trump's approval rating among African Americans doubled year-on-year to reach 36 percent, most analysts still believe African Americans belong to the Democratic camp.

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Democrats also boast record diversity on the ballot.

While men with military backgrounds have always been recruited to run for office, this year's candidates include several female veterans.

Two-term Rep. Dave Brat stunned the political world in 2014 when he defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots, according to a ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Not all were endangered, and those winning re-election included senators in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The road to a House majority ran through two dozen suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Democrats feel they need to limit the losses in the Senate. Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who won the backing of former President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, was aiming to be the first black female governor in the nation.

Trump, as he did throughout the campaign, also blamed the media for sowing division in the country and insisted they were to blame for the scene unfolding in the East Room.

In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become one of two Native American women, with Deb Haaland of New Mexico, elected to the House.

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But an important battle in Trump-friendly Kentucky went to the Republicans as incumbent Andy Barr held off a strong challenge from Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot, putting a dent in Democratic promises of a so-called blue wave. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or maintains even a healthy minority. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Republican Josh Hawley defeating Democratic Sen.

Some hurt worse than others. They also held on to competitive seats in Texas, where Sen.

First in line was a retiree, Jerry, who did not want to give his last name and said he was voting for the first time in midterm elections.

More than 60 percent of eligible voters took part in the 2016 vote, when the presidential race was on the ballot.

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.

In a last-minute controversy, NBC, Fox News and Facebook on Monday pulled an ad by Trump's campaign that critics have labelled racist. In the event that Trump is forced to dial down his trade rhetoric, it would likely be a positive for Chinese stocks.

Based on data from Gallup, no other president in modern U.S. history had such a low approval rating heading into their first midterm election.

But the GOP solidified their Senate majority after an acerbic midterm election that enshrined America's deep divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race. Along with Sherrod Brown, a pro-labor lawmaker re-elected in OH, the four are considered potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls. Bernie Sanders and Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar were easily re-elected.

A handful of others played outsized roles in their parties' midterm campaigns, though not as candidates, and were reluctant to telegraph their 2020 intentions before the 2018 fight was decided.

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