Blow for Trump: Democrats seize control of House

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

And Rep. Adam Schiff, slated to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to probe alleged Trump campaign-Russia collusion. Such a development would divide control of the U.S. legislature and hinder President Donald Trump's policy agenda for the next two years. "Pretend I'm on the ballot".

"Pelosi hailed the election results as "'a new day in America".

Initial statements coming from the Democratic party leaders indicated it would make it tough for President Trump, who wants major legislative changes on some of his signature issues including immigration, tax and healthcare reforms.

Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election. A Democratic victory would break the Republicans' eight-year hold on the House that began with the tea party revolt of 2010.

While a Democratic House would block some of Trump's plans, a GOP majority enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas.

Trump has headlined 30 rallies in two months and packed out arenas of adoring fans.

As Nov. 6 neared, Trump seemed to sense the challenge before him.

"With Democrats' leadership in the state solidified, NY can pass policies previously blocked by Republicans to expand health care coverage, address climate change, and ensure women retain the right to make their own medical decisions", Jessica Post, executive director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday. Joe Manchin's seat in West Virginia. "I can't go everywhere". About the same percentage who described immigration as the most important issue cast ballots for the Republican. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.

One possible bipartisan policy agenda item would be infrastructure spending, which has been proposed by Trump and is traditionally supported by Democrats.

Republican gains in the Senate are sure to bolster the party's efforts to ram conservative federal judges through confirmation proceedings during a lame duck session that starts next week, as well as next year. More women than ever were running, along with military veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise.

Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president's side. For presidents with approval ratings below 50%, like Trump, the average loss was 37 House seats.

Democrats will pick up at least six and perhaps as many as 11 seats in the 150-member Texas House.

The Democratic victory also proves that Republicans are far from invincible under Mr. Trump, a natural showman beloved by the GOP's grassroots but with more limited appeal in the cities and suburbs.

Mr Trump is expected to wield the axe in the wake of the midterms, with figures close to the president predicting that cabinet members will be forced out. "I think his rhetoric is one in which he's putting himself more front and center rather than perhaps the policies or party agenda", says Jacob Neiheisel, associate professor of political science at University at Buffalo.

Longer term, Texas Democrats know that any legislative or congressional pickups could be washed away if Republicans have unbridled power in Austin - and use the 2021 redistricting process to partisan advantage, as they did in 2011 and, before that, in an unusual mid-decade remapping, in 2003. But now he bears some of the blame for losing the House, even if he's unlikely to agree. "Given that people have very short memories, it's going to be a blip in the press for a minute, and then it's on to the next tweet".

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