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Democratic presidential frontrunner for 2020 fails to emerge in midterms results

08 November 2018, 02:29 | Erica Roy

US: Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

US Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

The GOP leader sounded something of a quiet alarm on funding for the border and that 10 percent middle-class tax cut touted by Trump in the waning days of the 2018 midterms.

"Now it is time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship a side, and keep the American economic miracle going strong".

The loss of the House is a serious blow to Trump who must now brace for the novel experience of oversight from Capitol Hill with Democratic committee chairmen promising constraints on his power that the GOP never attempted.

His back-and-forth with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over Trump's hard-line immigration rhetoric grew especially heated, with Trump labeling the reporter a "very rude person" and saying the outlet "should be ashamed of itself" for employing him. He said that Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, "gave me no love, and she lost".

Early in the press conference, Mr. Trump called CNN's Jim Acosta a "rude, bad person" after the reporter berated the president and refused to give up the microphone after wrestling it away from a young female White House aide.

"I love our country", he said, "you have nationalists, you have globalists", adding "I also love the world".

New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, addressing the crowd in Hoboken after his re-election victory, said he was told that the state's junior senator, Democrat Cory Booker, "may be busy really soon". "Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he tweeted ahead of a scheduled White House press conference at the time of writing.

The president told reporters at the White House that he won despite historic odds. Now the president will have no choice but to reach across the aisle to those in the House he has branded as "evil" and work with them. Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, for example was defeated although he had embraced Trump, with both highlighting their desire to get more of the president's judicial nominees confirmed, a top priority for many social conservatives.

Trump said he wasn't sure whether he should be happy or sad about their defeats.

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.


Elijah Cummings, now the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, also has a wish list of probes, including Mr Trump's apparent interference in a plan to build a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; drug pricing under the Trump administration; and the mishandling of the deadly 2017 hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico.

Democrats will also have to balance legislative ambitions with their efforts to satisfy the desires of their base to investigate the president.

"We'll fill in the gaps on the Russian Federation investigations", he said of the Mueller probe.

"The one issue that Leader Pelosi and I discussed this morning where there could be a possible bipartisan agreement would be something on infrastructure, but there could be a lot of other things".

"Now, listen, I know for a fact none of us ran to make history, we ran to make change".

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", declared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who would be in line to become the next House speaker.

A CNN/SSRS poll released Monday showed Democrats with a gaping 55% to 42% lead over Republicans among likely voters in a generic congressional ballot.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump. Its members effectively will be able to block all legislation that the Senate passes and the president wants.

He took at a jab at "grandstanding" congressmen from his own party whom he said would have made it hard to get legislation through the House, had Republicans eked out a narrow win in the chamber.

But the rosiest expectations of some Democrats - that they could create a "blue wave" even when playing defense on the Senate map - proved unfounded.



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