How the House was won: Democrats plundered Republican suburbs for votes

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Their lawsuit also has a potential wrinkle that involves another figure of the tense midterm election season - newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Democrats' Senate position was precarious going into 2018.

In Colorado, another purple state, Democrats maintained their hold on the governor's mansion and picked up a suburban House seat.

According to a poll of voters on election day in battleground districts, almost two-thirds of those who voted for Democratic House candidates want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings, which could lead to Mr Trump's removal from office. Thus, Democrats had an uphill battle going in. But with a bigger Republican majority, McConnell will be able to comfortably confirm just about any nominee that Trump sends him and the Senate's focus on filling the federal judiciary with a generation of conservative judges will continue.

Todd called OH "kind of an undersung Republican story".

They couldn't topple the Democratic colossus in the state, Sen.

"It's the second year of the presidency, as you know, and we tend to vote against the president's party", Ron Weiser, Michigan Republican Party chairman, told a subdued gathering of his party mates in Lansing just before Bill Schuette's concession speech. The Democratic majority should hold high-profile hearings and votes on legislation to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage, expand health-care guarantees, end price-gouging by pharmaceutical corporations, rewrite the tax code and avert austerity, protect immigrants, and revoke blank checks for unauthorized military interventions overseas.

"There are some assumptions about states Democratic presidential candidates will visit that are being truly reconsidered", Democratic strategist Anita Dunn said.

The blue wave was too small, and Trump is ready for 2020.

Why? Some hypothesized that perhaps gender bias was hurting Heitkamp and McCaskill. Some argued that Republican voters are harder on female Democratic candidates because they perceive them as more liberal due to their sex. She talked about the historic nature of the election.

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"To have Walker lose is a significant turning point that the right candidate in 2020 could win all of these states" across the industrial north, Democratic pollster Paul Maslin, who advised Democratic Sen. "However, the historical significance of this evening is not lost on me".

Both Florida contests could be headed for a recount, however, a reminder of the 2000 presidential race that underlines how key the state remains as a battleground. McCaskill and Heitkamp both lost their seats to their Republican challengers, Josh Hawley and Kevin Cramer, respectively. In his gubernatorial re-election in 2006, he won all 95 of Tennessee's 95 counties. Pop star Taylor Swift even entered the political fray to endorse him.

More broadly, Democrats want to scrutinize the multiple ethics scandals involving administration officials, including most recently Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is under investigation for his travel and business ties.

Pelosi's allies are projecting confidence about her chances, pointing out that no one has formally emerged to challenge her for the speaker's gavel.

The shifts from Republican to Democrat were substantial in many of those districts. In 2010, Barack Obama said he'd been delivered a "shellacking" by Republicans.

Early voting alone eclipsed the total number of votes in some states during the 2014 midterm.

Pelosi suggested that the new majority's emphasis will be more about traditional checks and balances than investigative excess.

In the states of Texas, Florida and Georgia white women supported Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and for governor. Many Democratic voters viewed Democratic senators as protecting a victim and standing up to a sexual predator. They were horrified by the cultural precedent that Democrats appeared to endorse: that an allegation without evidence beyond the memory of one individual person could be enough to destroy a person's reputation forever. They ask voters how they voted, what attitudes and issues were most important in compelling them to vote and if they affiliate themselves with a given party, along with their age, gender, race and highest level of education, according to the American Association for Public Opinion Research. This violated their deeply felt ideas about basic fairness and they reacted by heading to the polls.

"They're not going to turn over stuff to the House", said Joe diGenova, an informal Trump legal adviser. There are still a handful of races that haven't been decided, and the Democratic margin in the House is likely to grow.

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