Who Controls Congress Now? The 2018 Midterm Results Were A Mixed Bag

ASSOCIATED PRESS               Sharice Davids

Several television networks, including the president's favorite, Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.

The president took a tougher tone toward Democrats in general Wednesday morning, threatening to fight back against new investigations. Former President Barack Obama's Democrats suffered what he called a "shellacking" in congressional elections in 2010.

Germany's foreign minister says the outcome of the USA midterm elections means foreign policy will depend more on whether Republicans and Democrats can work together, but doesn't alter the changes in trans-Atlantic relations under President Donald Trump.

The confrontational tone on both sides may preview what is in store for the next two years of Trump's presidency.

"I think the White House and the RGA and the National Republican Senatorial Committee and certainly Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott are very grateful tonight that the rapture didn't happen before the early voting began because if it had, they would have lost in a landslide", explained Reed.

USA intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an attempt to tip it towards Trump and away from his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Still, he celebrated GOP success in expanding the party's majority in the Senate and seemed to blame losing candidates for distancing themselves from him and his unorthodox methods.

Trump faced a fairly standard midterm correction, as presidents normally lose legislative seats in a midterm election.

Another key Trump talking point, the soaring USA economy, came in with 19%, and other polling indicated Trump's key contribution to government financial policy, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, flopped.

Speaking to reporters at the White House before he left on a trip to Paris, Trump defended his choice of Whitaker, saying the former USA attorney for the southern district of Iowa had an excellent reputation and came highly recommended by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is now Trump's ambassador to China.

He had some kind words for Pelosi, who with her party capturing the majority of seats Tuesday stands to become the next Speaker of the House.

Pelosi has been clear that she wants to be speaker of the House again.

"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

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The source close to the Senate Judiciary Committee said Democrats were unsure whether they would reach out to Republicans to join the lawsuit, but added it was "not likely". "She has earned this great honor!"

The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump's legislative programme.

Some incumbent Democrats who voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court were defeated.

The news wire called the results a "mixed verdict", with the Democrats winning 224 House seats to the Republicans' 201, with remaining races to be finalized.

Pelosi, in claiming a House victory for Democrats, said the election was more than about Democrats and Republicans.

It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor.

Schiff said he also he plans to reopen parts of the Intelligence panel's Russia-election interference inquiry that Democrats say was prematurely closed by Republicans.

In some key races the Republicans leads over their Democratic Party rivals had been whittled down. The majority party maintains near-total control over setting the agenda, has subpoena power, and decides what individuals, and which officials, to investigate.

Enough Democrats on Tuesday were elected to the House of Representatives to regain the majority, prompting commentator Joseph Curl to proclaim, "Here Come the Crazies!"

As I wrote before the polls closed, the most important thing to keep in mind about this election is that Republicans had massive structural advantages at every level.

In Texas, voters showed you can't always buy elections. Before that, it was the last two years of Herbert Hoover's administration after the 1930 midterm election.

That is consistent with many pre-election polls. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness. They voted for transparency and accountability. Some others played outsized roles in their parties' campaigns, though not as candidates, and were reluctant to telegraph their 2020 intentions before the 2018 fight was decided.

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