Dems seize House control, but GOP retains Senate

President Donald Trump looks at his watch near the end of a campaign rally Monday

President Donald Trump looks at his watch near the end of a campaign rally Monday

And add a nod to the caravans of Central Americans heading toward our southern border.

In fact, even before the votes were fully counted, the two sides began sparring over the future course, although the Democratic Party itself is divided over whether to pursue a more aggressive line on Trump, including launching more aggressive investigations and initiating impeachment proceedings. John McCain, nominally a Republican, for contributing to the GOP's losing the House.

Trump's personal income taxes, which he withheld during the 2016 campaign and in his two years in office, are expected to be the purview of the House Ways and Means Committee.

President Trump also endorsed this impression, telling voters in a campaign rally that "your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016", when they elected him. "They can do whatever they want and I can do whatever I want". With power comes responsibility and congressional Republicans turned up their noses at that maxim.

But the GOP added to its Senate edge and prevailed in some key races for governor Tuesday, beating back the potential of big Democratic gains across the board. Instead, the wave turned into bubble and foam when, instead of simply holding their one-seat Senate majority, as nearly universally predicted, the GOP exceeded expectations, adding three new seats by the time the dust settled Wednesday in the vote tallying.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" he tweeted.

According to projections by The New York Times, Democrats will have 229 seats in the 435-member House while Republicans will hold 53 seats in the 100-member upper chamber of Congress, up from 51. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

In the exit polls taken last night, Trump's approval rating was 44 favourable, 55 unfavourable.

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Whether or not the night constitutes a "blue wave" for Democrats is unclear given the mixed results overall and the typical losses for the president's party, but the split Congress will make life more hard for the president. But that's not how the press and pundits operate.

On Tuesday, voters handed Democrats the House of Representatives - and may have also rendered a verdict on President Trump's signature tax cuts.

Trump dissected the elections in a combative White House news conference that stretched to almost 90 minutes as he put a defiantly glossy sheen on the mixed midterm results and stressed his party's victories in the Senate.

Paramount PicturesBut that would be a pointless exercise, because the Senate (and the House) are not elected by a single national "popular vote". The Republicans' three-seat expansion is a contrast to the 18 total seats lost by the Democrats in midterm elections in the Senate since 2010. "You can't let a dislike of Trump's style blind you to his many conservative successes". Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Republicans were forecast to have defeated several Democratic senators in states won by Trump - Florida, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota. "Behold the smoking ruins of the vicious Democratic/radical left smear campaign against this good and decent man".

But before the panel could move on, Fox News reporter Chris Wallace called Ingraham out for this assessment, saying it's a "complete mischaracterization". Everybody including the Fox News folks (Sean Hannity excluded) was talking about a blue wave before the election.

Democrats won the House, which will change hands for the third time in 12 volatile years, by performing strongly in suburban areas where Trump's flaming rhetoric is toxic.

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