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Midterms serve as practice run for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign

Midterms serve as practice run for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign

Young people (who typically vote Democrat) turned up in record numbers this year, but so too did rural white Americans, who may not have voted prior to supporting Trump in 2016.

The Democrats' narrow path to the Senate was slammed shut after setbacks in Indiana, Tennessee, North Dakota and Texas.

The new Democrat star was narrowly beaten by Ted Cruz in the Senate contest in the traditional Republican stronghold of Texas.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice". 25 per cent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate.

Welch said the House has responsibility to do both in the next two years, but he would like to see the emphasis on passing legislation with bipartisan support to build up the public's trust in Congress.

In the broader fight for control in the Trump era, the political and practical stakes were sky high. And they will claim subpoena power to investigate Mr Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. Holding the Senate gives Trump the opportunity to continue the historic pace of judicial nominations that have dominated the chamber's calendar in recent months.

"Thanks to Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum and Beto O'Rourke, places where Democrats have had trouble winning for years became unpredictable toss-ups in large part because of an electorate inspired by never-before-heard bold visions for economic and racial justice", Green said. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Joe Donnelly in IN and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Although his odds have lengthened slightly, Trump remains the man to beat say the bookies.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

The bottom line is that Trump is facing a new and formidable apparatus of accountability - and even he knows how badly this could end for him. Democrats would pick up dozens of House seats in the midterms, and might even take the Senate. Republicans gained a majority in the Senate two years later and held onto it by one seat in 2016. Adding to their trouble was incumbent Democratic Sen.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed. Democrats lead in nine of those, Republicans in 14. Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

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And in a rare moment of practicality, the Republican leader, who is up for re-election in 2020, conceded that one of the GOP's signature efforts - the repeal of "Obamacare" - is all but dead.

Donald Trump came to the East Room of the White House with olive branch in hand, but it sometimes seemed like his fingers were crossed behind his back. Among those expected: Vice-President Mike Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the president.

Rep. Peter Welch speaks at the Democratic election night party Tuesday.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office was not immediately available for comment on Trump's tweet.

"We will conduct the investigations Republicans didn't want to conduct". A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

But Pelosi pointedly told supporters the Democratic victory was about "restoring the Constitution and checks and balance to the Trump administration.It is about stopping the [Republicans] and Trump administration's assault" on two government-run medical insurance programs for older and impoverished Americans "and people living with pre-existing medical conditions".

Democrat Jacky Rosen was able to capture a Senate seat from incumbent Dean Heller.

While it's typical for the president's party to lose seats in the House in midterms, it's highly unusual for the president's party to gain seats in the Senate in the same election.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman. It avoided a complete rout in the House, made gains in the Senate, and won important governorships in OH and Florida.


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