Democrats seize House control, but Trump's GOP holds Senate

Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan

Democrats won the majority of New York's state Senate seats on Tuesday, taking hold of the legislative body for the first time in years.

Clinton outpolled Trump in 10 Republican-held Texas House districts and one state Senate district.

The Democrats gained control of the US House of Representatives in today's elections, putting a big obstacle in the way of President Donald Trump's legislative agenda.

As he stumped for Republican candidates to whip up support, he began to manage his supporters' expectations, telling crowds the weekend before the election that Democrats might "squeak it by" to win the House.

The editors of Sabato's Crystal BallKyle Kondik and Larry J. Sabato wrote, "We have long cautioned against assuming the House was a done deal for the Democrats, and we don't think readers should be stunned if things go haywire for Democrats tomorrow night". Trump said in a brief tweet.

A takeover of the House also enables Democrats to try making good on their repeated threats to impeach both Trump and Kavanaugh.

Among the new faces are Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress; and Sharice Davids of Kansas, the first Native American woman to win a House seat.

"We have all had enough of division".

The verdicts in the House and Senate were based on incomplete results as vote counting continued across the country and some states were still voting in a congressional election cast as an unofficial referendum on Trump.

That was a risky strategy with a potentially huge reward: had Republicans held on to both chambers of Congress, Trump would have been able to tout another major upset victory. That's the banner headline of the evening: Democrats take House.

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Few leaders have reclaimed the House speaker's office after losing it and, as the first woman to wield the gavel, Pelosi's ascent would be a milestone. The elections also resulted in Rashida Tlaib becoming the first Muslim woman elected to the House of Representatives along with Somali-American Ilhan Omar. Such a development would divide control of the U.S. legislature and hinder President Donald Trump's policy agenda for the next two years. The governor, in a debate during the Democratic primary, said he expects to serve out a full four-year term.

"We won back the House because our candidates had a clear message for working families and refused to let Trump and the GOP distract us from the issues that matter most".

"If we actually care about women's health and we actually are a state that's a leader in this country, then the Reproductive Health Act is one of those bills that will make sure that we protect women", she added.

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

Neither was there a "red wave" for the GOP, but the expansion of its majority in the Senate is significant for future Supreme Court nominations, with Brett Kavanaugh having been confirmed by a mostly partisan 50-48 margin. The GOP is expected to increase its tally, as counting of votes were still going on when reports last came in.

All of it leaves Trump a more dominant force in the party than he was even two years ago.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier minimised likely Democratic gains.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a Marine who recruited other veterans to run, said Democrats "need someone who can bring the party back together, someone who can be focused on the future and someone who is dedicated to supporting the next generation of leaders".

"In this election, they sought to energise groups that Clinton did not: young voters, Latinos, African Americans and infrequent voters", the daily said.

This year's primaries, however, gave state Republicans a serious jolt, prompting the party to invested more heavily in data to better target voters, said Kevin Carns, executive directof of the House Republican Organizing Committee. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

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