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US voters head to midterm polls to render judgment on turbulent Trump era

US voters head to midterm polls to render judgment on turbulent Trump era

President Donald Trump's Republicans are projected to retain control of the US Senate in the mid-term elections.

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.

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

Both sides agree, at least privately, that Republicans are strongly favored to keep control of the Senate, where the electoral map is highly favorable to them.

And it was likely this fact that he was referencing when he tweeted: "Tremendous success tonight".

A loss of the House will also trigger significant second guessing of the President's tactics, given that he chose not to make the booming economy his primary midterm argument, instead turning to a searing indictment of Democrats focusing on immigration and laden with racial language.

Daniel McAdams, executive director at the Ron Paul Institute, agrees, noting that the Democrats "ran a awful campaign" under the slogan "Trump is racist, vote for me". 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. Tuesday's gains were the biggest since 2010, when a wave of conservative anger against Democratic President Barack Obama gave Republicans a massive 64-seat pickup.

In the suburbs outside the nation's capital, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator.

But the return to split control of Congress after four years of GOP majorities will be a major test for the president, who has shown little ability to reach across the aisle.

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Democrats were always facing an uphill battle in the Senate this year because they were defending 26 seats, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs. Of the 26 percent of voters who said that a reason for their vote was to support Trump, the vast majority voted for a Republican candidate.

Trump called Pelosi, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and several of the Republican winners. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and potential 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown held his seat in Ohio.

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. Was the New Yorker just inspired by an old soviet cartoon on USA elections?

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

He estimated turnout would reach 45 percent; that would be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years.

Investors often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda.

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

In states without super competitive races, Trump's approval tends to be either much higher or much lower. Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago. McAdams believes that Democrats failed to offer an "alternative narrative" and that might hurt them at the ballot box. If more than 84 of those women candidates won on Tuesday, it would set a record for the number of women serving in the House.

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