Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Will the midterm results affect Trump's foreign policy?

Will the midterm results affect Trump's foreign policy?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with a rare smile and spring in his step, made clear Wednesday that he is happy with the outcome of the election that has increased his majority by at least three senators, calling President Donald Trump's efforts "very helpful" with that victory. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized.

Blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances. Trump held four rallies in the state this year but he wasn't able to push Republican Matt Rosendale over the finish line.

The president's party will maintain control of the executive and judicial branches of the government, in addition to the Senate, but Democrats suddenly have a foothold that gives them subpoena power to probe deep into Trump's personal and professional missteps - and his long-withheld tax returns.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night lost control of the House of Representatives.

The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape US politics for years to come.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots. Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998.

First, the emergence of a strong Democrat challenger, Beto O' Rourke.

Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the governor's race in Georgia to her opponent Brian Kemp.

Democrats were at a disadvantage heading into the midterms, holding most of the seats up for election in the Senate even as they were expected to take the House.

Yesterday, voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania backed Democratic candidates for both governor and the Senate. Roskam kept his distance from Trump in a district that went for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. Democrats flippedseats in suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Denver.

"I think you could expect Democrats to take pieces of what they shut down and expose it publicly", a high-ranking Democratic policy adviser familiar with Pelosi's planning told Politico.

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. Just as in 2016, the polls were badly wrong in a number of states, particularly in and Florida, where Democrats lost tough races they were predicted to win.

Davids' win in Kansas against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder was a pickup for Democrats, which projects to gain control of the House.

Trump said he hadn't asked Pence yet but then turned to the vice president and said: "Mike, will you be my running mate?"

He took credit for Republicans having "defied history" by consolidating their grip on the Senate. In most cases, that is not a strictly fair conclusion - just witness Brazil, where the far-right candidate won because the far more popular lefty candidate was locked up in jail - but at the same time, if a country is even nominally democratic, the actions, rhetoric, and beliefs of the government do bear on how the public votes to some degree.

Trump said there would be some changes in top administration jobs, though "nothing monumental". "Two can play that game!" the president wrote on Twitter on November 7.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. For former President Barack Obama, midterm elections in 2010 and 2014 were catastrophic compared to Trump's moderate losses. "And she lost. Too bad, sorry about that, Mia!" He served as vice chairman of Trump's now-defunct commission on voter fraud.

Fifty-seven percent of white voters expressed approval of the president on border security.

The midterm results appear to reflect a decadeslong realignment of party coalitions, according to Georgetown University professor Hans Noel.

Meanwhile, several 2020 presidential prospects easily won re-election, including Sens. A handful of others played outsized roles in their parties' midterm campaigns, though not as candidates, and were reluctant to telegraph their 2020 intentions before the 2018 fight was decided.

Read the New York Times article here.

In the House, Democrats made significant gains in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and NY.

Said Warren: "This resistance began with women and it is being led by women tonight".

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