Republicans beat back Democratic challenge for the Senate

Sergio Conner
November 8, 2018

President Trump endorsed 21 candidates who are running for Senate.

The results make things harder for Democrats as they look to taking another shot at the Senate in 2020, as they're now staring at needing to net least four seats for control. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was projected to hold his seat in Ohio. Bill Nelson hoping late votes in Democratic counties could narrow his slim deficit to his challenger, the outgoing Gov. Rick Scott.

In Florida, left-wing progressive Andrew Gillum has conceded after an ugly battle against a Trumpist conservative, Ron DeSantis.

There was another blow for Democratic morale as Texas Sen. "The president spent the last week campaigning heavily for Senate candidates and we're seeing that pay off". Joe Donnelly, and Marsha Blackburn won in Tennessee, according to CNN projections. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy advanced to a November 27 runoff election.

A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump's policy agenda.

A debate about whether Trump's rhetoric encouraged extremists erupted in the campaign's final weeks after pipe bombs were mailed to his top political rivals allegedly by a Trump supporter who was arrested and charged, and 11 people were killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. His connection with his most loyal fans remains so intense that some pundits believe he could help the GOP pull off a surprise. About 40 million early votes were likely to be cast, said Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who tracks the figures. Only 1-in-5 decided in the last month and even fewer said they made up their mind in the last few days or the last week.

Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in his 2016 election, and possibly push for impeachment.

Democrats claimed some high-profile victories, with former professional hockey player Colin Allred defeating Pete Sessions, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee and leading opponent of legalized marijuana, in suburban Dallas.

Donald Trump is facing his first electoral test as voters across America go to the polls in the midterms - in what is seen as a referendum on his controversial Presidency.

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And these are important questions to ask because simply being obstructionist to the president's agenda won't be good enough. A CNN poll released on November 5 found that Democrats led Republicans on a generic ballot by 13 points, 55 percent to 42 percent.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare.

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

U.S. Congresswoman Martha McSally running in the Arizona Senate race.

The President had dinner with his family and watched the results, which could have a profound impact on the rest of his term and could reshape Washington's balance of power, in the residence of the White House.

"He is really angry at Ryan", one source said on "everything". Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is projected to have become the youngest woman ever elected to the US House at 29 years old. In an even more bitter contest that has been rocked by race rows and feuds over ballot access, Democrat Stacey Abrams is trying to become the nation's first black female governor in Georgia.

In suburban areas where key House races will be decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Left-leaning OH "populist" Democrat Sherrod Brown, thought initially to be vulnerable in a state that Trump carried by eight points, was quickly called the victor over Republican congressman and Trump buddy Jim Renacci soon after the polls closed.

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