Trump Complains About GOP Incumbents Who Didn't Embrace Him And Lost

Alicia Farmer
November 8, 2018

Democrats' dreams of the Senate majority, always unlikely, were shattered after losses in top Senate battlegrounds: Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, North Dakota and Texas. With an expanded Republican Senate majority, President Trump can confirm judges, cabinet members, and senior administration officials more easily, pushing forward with his agenda.

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election.

"They can play that game", he said.

Those House races, along with several others in states where polls had closed, were being watched for insights into whether Trump can push forward with his agenda unimpeded or find himself restrained by a Democratic-controlled House.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

Later, though, he acknowledged the audit would not prevent the release of his tax returns.

In Minnesota, Omar, a 36-year-old naturalized American citizen and state representative, campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal health care, free college tuition and robust public housing. That message, Ingraham said, is going to be a "tough sell" in 2020. And Democratic wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania raised questions about whether Trump can repeat his narrow wins there in 2020.

Meanwhile, Republicans Mike Braun and Kevin Cramer won Democratic-held Senate seats in IN and North Dakota, ousting incumbents Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

Trump said he is "looking at different people for different positions", adding that "it is very common after the midterms".

The November 6 midterm election was a very good one for the Democrats.

Moreover, history showed that, with rare exceptions, the president's party suffers big setbacks in the first midterm elections of his tenure. Several television networks, including the president's favourite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.

Having seized control of the House of Representatives, Democrats will get the chance to convert their rhetoric into action.

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In suburban areas where key House races will be decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey faced a federal corruption trial in 2017.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.

Cheers rang out among the guests when Republican victories were scored, particularly when Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded defeat in the Florida governor's race.

And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act. John McCain, nominally a Republican, for contributing to the GOP's losing the House. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.

Trump praised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has come under scrutiny for his use of a security detail, chartered flights and a real estate deal, but seemed to leave open the possibility of replacing him.

"Democrats have the people; Republicans have the real estate", one pundit said of the results.

When Cummings and other Democrats asked a year ago for records detailing Trump's separation from his businesses, they received an eight-page glossy pamphlet and a single email.

Women voted considerably more in favour of their congressional Democratic candidate - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for the Republican, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 113,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

Democrats laid out their goals for a divided government Wednesday, saying they want to work with the president on prescription drug reform and infrastructure investment. That's in addition to the 10 female senators who were not up for re-election this year.

Ending eight years of Republican control that began with the tea party revolt of 2010, Democrats picked off more than two dozen GOP-held districts in suburbs across the nation on the way to securing the 218 seats needed for a majority. But "America First"-taken together with tax reform and deregulation, which helped create today's booming economy and record-low unemployment-resonated in many parts of conservative America".

History was also made in New England, where two states elected their first African-American congresswomen: Ayanna Pressley in MA and Jahana Hayes in CT.

Voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now.

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