Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Trump agenda at stake as voters decide control of U.S. Congress

Donald Trump Donald Trump
Laurie Berry | 07 November, 2018, 08:19

In Indiana, Trump-backed businessman Mike Braun defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly. Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads.

Keeping hold of the Senate is especially important for President Donald Trump since it will give the White House the chance to press on with one of his major legacy-building initiatives: restocking the federal judiciary with conservatives.

But in some other toss-up races, the GOP managed to hold on. Ted Cruz held off a stronger than expected challenge from Beto O'Rourke to win a second term, CNN projected.

Pelosi's return to the speakership is likely but not assured, as some of the House candidates running in Trump-won districts tried to distance themselves from her leadership. From 6 p.m.to 7 p.m., insiders will have their eyes on Lexington, where Republican incumbent Andy Barr is up against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, a retired Marine.

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

Democrat Bill Nelson, 76, was first elected to the Senate in 2000 and was easily reelected in 2006 and 2012.

If Democrats do manage to take the House, they will be in position to provide the first institutional check on Trump's presidency - a role Republicans have chosen not to play given his political dominance on the right.

She is in line to become speaker, and said her party will bring "accountability" to the administration, though she also said they'll strive for bipartisan deals on infrastructure, health care and drug prices. They need just 24 seats to win control.

Florida is living up to its history as a cliffhanger state, with Democratic Sen.

Donald Trump is a factor for 65 percent of American voters - and of those, 39 percent said they oppose him versus only 26 percent in support.

GOP Whip Steve Scalise said the president's rallies were building momentum and with the economy a selling point, he predicted his party would retain a slim majority.

Russian jet intercepts US Navy spy plane over Black Sea
"On Nov. 5, 2018, a US EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in global airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27. These type of actions "put our aircrews in danger", and "there is no reason for this behavior", the spokesperson continued.

The early exit polls are most useful in figuring out which campaign messages resonated with voters. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way. He finished his final midterm campaign stretch on Monday with three rallies. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

The president so dominates politics across the country that despite not being on any ballot he has made the election largely about him.

"The projected win by Democrats will be the first time they've controlled the House in eight years".

In Miami, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell beat Republican Carlos Curbelo and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a Democrat, defeated television anchor Maria Elvira Salazar, a Republican for an open House seat.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her party had momentum on its side. So...we know how that would go. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls". Dean Heller, the only Republican seeking re-election in a state Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential race.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare.

A US Department of Homeland Security official said the reports of voting technology failures appeared so far to have had no significant impact in preventing people from voting.

Trump's approval rating was negative among the nation's voters, and more said the U.S. was on the wrong track than heading in the right direction.

The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump's biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.

"What I want to do for you is have my energy be contagious", she said.

If Trump manages to carry the Republicans past the finish line, he might be able to place a permanent ban on the entry of Muslims from seven countries, as he had tried to do when he was elected. Two-thirds of voters said that they decided how to vote before the last month of the election.

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