Democrats seize US House in rebuke to Trump

US president Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump

The Democrats picked up at least 10 Republican-held House seats across the eastern half of the country in early returns Tuesday but fell short in a closely watched race in Kentucky as they fought to wrest control of the chamber from the GOP. With some races still undecided, Democrats appeared headed to a gain of more than 30 seats, well beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.

Democrats were always facing an uphill battle in the Senate this year because they were defending 26 seats, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.

President Donald Trump advocated forcefully for a handful of candidates in order to keep the GOP in control of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and for many governors as well.

As the results poured in, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he's ready, if Democrats are. This represents a shift from 2014 midterm election, when more Republicans showed up at the polls (36 to 35 percent). Two-thirds of voters said that they decided how to vote before the last month of the election.

"I wouldn't like the fact that the Democrats win. because I think they'll start doing things to the president that will be sclerosis for everybody", Scaramucci says.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

If Democrats do manage to take the House, they will be in position to provide the first institutional check on Trump's presidency - a role Republicans have chosen not to play given his political dominance on the right. A CNN poll released on November 5 found that Democrats led Republicans on a generic ballot by 13 points, 55 percent to 42 percent. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority.

Trump on Monday admitted the GOP could lose control of the House.

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In Fairfax County a crucial race between a Republican incumbent, Barbara Comstock and her Democratic challenger, Jennifer Wexton, is playing out.

Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted first-term incumbent Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat in Indiana. And in Tennessee, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a top Democratic recruit.

In this year's historically polarized USA midterm elections, 35 Senate seats are up for grabs, and the Republicans are all but guaranteed to hold on to the majority - which doesn't mean some of the races weren't real nail-biters.

He seized on scenes of a caravan of Central American migrants heading through Mexico for the USA, mused on ending the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to all people born in the United States and ran a television advertisement, deemed too provocative to air by mainstream networks, that linked Democrats to a criminal who was an undocumented immigrant. They want to shadow the charge that the president is violating the emoluments clause because they can expose what cannot be exposed in litigation. The path of least resistance for Democrats to a majority in that chamber led through educated suburban districts that had long voted for Republicans, but contained voters that may have been uneasy with Donald Trump's policies and rhetoric.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era. Both Barack Obama's and Bill Clinton's numbers were 5 points higher, and both suffered major midterm losses of 63 and 54 House seats respectively.

And in Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first Native American and gay woman elected to the House.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won re-election. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen. Several have history making potential, especially in Florida where Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, is trying to become the state's first African-American governor in an ill-tempered duel with former Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Trump favorite.

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