US Midterm Elections: Republicans gain seats in Senate, lose House to Democrats

Democrats Win First Two Republican Held Seats In US Midterms

The midterms are not even over yet, but House Democrats have signaled that they are going to demand President Trump release his tax returns.

Trump, who campaigned aggressively in the last several weeks, expressed satisfaction over the results and described this as tremendous success.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump had "closed the deal" for Mr Braun after appearing alongside him at a rally in the state on Monday night.

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies.

"We think this a victorious night for House Democrats and we think we will be in better position to pass the priorities that we've heard from our constituents come January", said Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, and chair of the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

The developments mark the first time since 2011 that Democrats control the House.

Pelosi was in a celebratory mood Tuesday evening, declaring that "tomorrow will be a new day in America".

But Fox News' Decision Desk projection that Democrats will now control of the House gives hope to liberals who want to continue the Russian Federation investigation, and even introduce articles of impeachment against the president.

Expectations are high among Democrats and "they don't expect us to go in there and play it safe", said Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, a progressive caucus leader who supports Pelosi's leadership bid but acknowledges the pressures. That's the banner headline of the evening: Democrats take House.

The Democrats' ability to prevent Trump from passing new laws may push him to focus more on resolving US disputes with China, other investors said.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib are also expected to make history in Minnesota and MI respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress.


For the Democrats taking control of the House gives them an opportunity to be more assertive in the Congress and prevent Trump for achieving his legislative agenda.

Asked whether Democrats would try to impeach Trump, Pelosi said: "It depends on what happens in the [special counsel Robert] Mueller investigation, but that is not unifying and I get criticized in my own party for not being in support of it". Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election.

Nearly a quarter of voters considered immigration to be the top issue, while another one-fifth said it was the economy.

It's unclear just exactly how many House seats Republicans lost on Tuesday, but at this point the outcome didn't look as bad as that of 2010, when former president Barack Obama's Democratic Party lost a whopping 63 House seats just after Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.

Most of those gains came via executive action, however, and the GOP Congress' failures to ban late-term abortion, repeal Obamacare, or defund Planned Parenthood have been pro-lifers' biggest source of frustration.

Mr Trump is not up for re-election until 2020, but Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president.

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.

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.

Trump packed his closing argument with hardline immigration rhetoric and harsh attacks on Democrats as he stared down the prospect of Republican losses that could shadow his presidency.

"In this election, they sought to energise groups that Clinton did not: young voters, Latinos, African Americans and infrequent voters", the daily said. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.

Democrats also captured governorships in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas.

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