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Loss of US House leaves Republicans more tied to Trump than ever

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Bennie Garza | 09 November, 2018, 06:48

Breaking the Republican monopoly on power, Democrats had already picked up over two dozen seats in the House - more than the 23 needed to take control of the House for the first time in eight years. Democratic favorite Conor Lamb, who stunned Washington by winning a special election in the state, beat Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a new district.

She said House Democrats would be a check on Mr Trump, and added: "The American people want peace, they want results".

Opposition Democrats captured the House of Representatives on Wednesday in the crucial midterm elections while President Donald Trump's Republican Party retained its majority in the Senate, an outcome likely to intensify the political bitterness and fighting between the two major parties in the run up to the 2020 presidential poll.

The GOP also got major wins in toss-up governors races in states like Florida and OH, though Democrats did manage to pick up wins in a number of states like IL and MI.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

By 11:30 p.m. Eastern, ABC was reporting Democrats had won 209 seats and Republicans 190 had been elected to the House, making it clear that there would be no "blue wave" as Democrats had been promising for months.

Tuesday's midterm elections were among the most bitter in years.

Early exit polls showed Trump was a major factor for almost two-thirds of voters who cast their ballots, while a CBS News poll found that 55 percent said they disapproved of the president's performance.

"We're seeing the ramifications of Democrats on these committees who have this kind of power", Melber said. Since 1946, the president's party has lost an average of 25 House seats in midterm elections, according to Gallup.

However, initial results - like the flipping by Jennifer Wexton of a previously solidly Republican Virginia seat in the House - signalled that pre-election predictions of Democrats taking over the lower chamber may be confirmed.

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies.

Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship.

"Even though they won back the House, they're going to have to decide whether they ought to advance as a more Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders type of party with more liberal positions, or as a more center-left party", Gergen said. The Democrats also made inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters. Joe Donnelly, after the Democratic incumbent's projected loss to GOP challenger Mike Braun.

It also will test Trump's ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

Trump has crisscrossed the country in the weeks leading up to Election Day, hosting "Make America Great Again" rallies to campaign for Republicans in an effort to maintain the majority of the House and Senate, and pick up or hold some governor's mansions along the way.

At the same time, Democrats re-elected embattled New Jersey Sen. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates. Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends.

The writing may have been on the wall in September, when Democrats unexpectedly lost a state Senate seat in San Antonio.

Democrats are poised to take over the House after notching key victories in the suburbs.

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