Midterm lessons: five key takeaways from the election results


Five hours later, I left a lightly attended wake.

Where Trump clearly was happier was in his increasingly bullish view of his reelection chances in 2020.

Trump cited health care and infrastructure as areas where the two parties could work together.

Preliminary results from Tuesday's election show the Republican majority in the 120-member House weakened from 75 to 66. Progressives such as Democratic Party candidate Beto O'Rourke, who had become a national sensation for his grassroot campaign in Texas, failed to unseat Republican Ted Cruz, while African American candidates such as Andrew Gillum and Stacy Abrams are expected to lose the governor race in Florida and neighboring Georgia, respectively. They won the governor's race by 12 points, and a special election to fill the remainder of Al Franken's Senate term by 11.

Panels now controlled by Democrats could probe an array of cabinet secretaries, review Trump's foreign policy in North Korea and Iran, demand Homeland Security hand over more documents about child separation, and try to keep a parade of top officials testifying on the Hill or handing over administration documents.

Republicans didn't get entirely skunked in Minnesota. They got elected in red districts, conservative districts.

The President says he would "like to see bipartisanship" and unity and that he's willing to work with Democrats, however, if they go for him like we expect them to, all bets will be off.

State Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, is the House Democrats' caucus chairwoman.

Nor was this the only state that reverted back to its political identity.

U.S. mid-term elections 2018: Americans vote in 'poll of a lifetime'
Perhaps most importantly, they are voting in representatives to the Senate and to the House of Representatives (the House). The midterm elections are also often a time when local politicians make a name for themselves on a national level.

'Meanwhile, President Trump has been eroding the foundations of our democracy. Democrats had good nights in all three, winning gubernatorial, Senate, and congressional races in each. Democrats, emboldened by their victory and rising momentum, feel confident they can withstand the White House assaults in order to weaken the president before his re-election bid kicks into high gear. Republicans already vote in lockstep to confirm all of them ― including the two pro-abortion rights GOP senators, Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), who have voted for piles of anti-abortion judges.

Democrats filed a federal lawsuit three years ago challenging the lines as unconstitutional.

Then he threw in some more standard-fare for a newly empowered majority. It's a recipe for "yet more partisanship and acrimony in DC", Blanchard adds. In Wisconsin, both Clinton (-238,000) and Trump (-5,000) underperfomed 2012's results.

In a first indication of how he confident he feels after Tuesday's legislative polls, Trump fired his attorney general, immediately raising questions over the integrity of a bombshell probe into whether Russian Federation colluded with his 2016 presidential election campaign.

Thus, there is evidence of a Trump-inspired blue wave in Pennsylvania.

"I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time, investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people", Kellyanne Conway, a senior Trump adviser, told reporters on the White House driveway.

Besides all of that, as Art Thompson, CEO of The John Birch Society (parent organization for The New American) explained in a video, numerous Republicans defeated were really not that much different from the Democrats. He said he had been talking to his colleagues about pushing ahead with investigations, starting with Mr Trump's tax returns. Had Democrats nominated a candidate who paid attention to those states and who could connect with voters better, or perhaps just didn't have Clinton's baggage, it's very possible that Trump wouldn't have won any of them as those states stuck to their normal political identities.

He said a polarized Congress likely would pose many obstacles for Trump, as Democrats could challenge Republicans' domestic policies, including slowing or stopping the repeal of Obama-era healthcare programs, slowing some of Trump's immigration policies and slowing or reversing the push against environmental regulations.