Monday, 19 November, 2018

US House of Representatives Results

Two years in, Trump holds stock market bragging rights Former Obama Adviser: Dems May Retake House, But 'Blue Wave' Won't Happen
Andy Castillo | 07 November, 2018, 09:11

In almost every state with a key contested Senate or governor's race, he has a positive approval and is over 50%, according to CNN's preliminary exit poll data. The result of these midterms could shape America, and its political parties, for decades to come.

As the first polls were closing Tuesday, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement reinforcing Trump's point.

Voters often sit out the midterms.

With control of Congress and statehouses across the nation at stake, numerous nation's top elections were too close to call.

Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin III, the only Democrat to back Justice Kavanaugh, survived in West Virginia. What was not normal was that Menendez had been indicted on corruption charges and escaped with hung jury.

Jennifer Wexton, a Democratic state lawmaker, was ahead of two-term Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock by 57 percent to 43 percent in their suburban northern Virginia district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, NBC reported.

The non-partisan Cook Political Report is forecasting a Democratic gain of at least 30 seats in the 435-member House.

He was due to be joined by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and the President's ex-campaign aides, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, a source familiar with the guest list said.

Republicans will keep control of the Senate but the House is likely to be won by the Democrats. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. His approval rating - 39% in the latest CNN poll - is within the range where the President's party typically suffers heavy losses on Capitol Hill.

"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Trump declared in his final day of campaigning.

The septuagenarian also would exert influence over writing laws on guns, immigration policy and voting rights. More than 40 million Americans had already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to an AP analysis.

How the market shakes out in the final two years of Trump's presidency will probably be influenced by Tuesday's elections.

Labour expected to seek Budget amendments to increase tax on high earners
Mr Hammond's decision to spend the proceeds of better than expected borrowing figures raised eyebrows among economic observers. Then Geordie Greig arrived and Hammond was gifted an usually friendly interview during the height of Tory conference.

Voters go to a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Seventeen percent of voters were first-time voters, and the majority of these voters cast their House ballot for the Democratic candidate.

Four GOP seats in Orange County, including two where the incumbent Republicans retired, were in play, along with three other seats to the north beyond Los Angeles and into the Central Valley. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown held his seat in Ohio. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Vice President Mike Pence congratulated his brother for serving in the US Congress.

It also will test Trump's ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

But Democrats are hoping to take control of at least the House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to derail Trump's legislative agenda, and give them power to expand investigations into his personal and professional conduct. But if Republicans do better than expected, Trump will be able to claim vindication for his campaign strategy and his unconventional approach to the presidency. If Nelson can't hang on to his seat, the math gets tricky for Democrats to retake the Senate majority.

More than half of Florida voters, 51%, approve of the job Trump is doing as President, compared to 48% who do not.

Mr. Trump had vacillated on how much blame he would shoulder for ceding the House.

Trump was watching the results alongside friends and family at the White House, his spokeswoman said. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly defeated Democrat Beto O'Rourke in Texas and Republican Marsha Blackburn successfully defended Tennessee's open Senate seat.

History was in the making in several states, as Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim woman elected to Congress and Democrat Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman elected to the House from MA.

But Democrats are on course to win the House of Representatives, which would deal a blow to the president's agenda. McAdams believes that Democrats failed to offer an "alternative narrative" and that might hurt them at the ballot box. 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.

Numerous most competitive races for the House of Representatives will be fought in the suburbs, where anecdotally we have been hearing that white married women could be moving away from the GOP.

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