Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Texas Democrats flip at least two congressional seats from Republicans

Texas Democrats flip at least two congressional seats from Republicans

In the 2010 midterm elections, which were widely viewed as a referendum on then-President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, Republicans picked up 63 House seats and six Senate seats - numbers the Democrats are not expected to hit tonight.

Most of the races that will decide the balance of power in Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency were still too close to call as polls closed in more than half of the 50 U.S. states.

According to NBC News, the Democratic party has a 80% chance of retaking control of the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday night, a midterm election bounceback that will see Democrats projected to win at least 23 seats that were previously held by Republicans.

If Democrats capture the House, they could block Trump's policy agenda and launch congressional investigations into Trump's administration, including his tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and the nature of his 2016 campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Trump, whose approval ratings are mired in the low 40s, has vowed to his supporters at every rally they will "win, win, win".

Democrats are drawing strength from women and college-educated voters, who swung decidedly against Trump since his election.

Gallup also found that Democrats are less optimistic than Republicans when it comes to their chances of having a majority in the House in 2019. Incumbent Democrat Tom O'Halleran's race moved from "Likely Democrat" to "Lean Democrat", as the freshmen member continues to defend a seat in a district President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

Even so, Democrats were highly confident, with Nancy Pelosi, the party's top leader in the House, saying "it's just a question of the size of the victory".

But the final results in these races, if they're close, could take weeks to tabulate.

Many Democrats, already benefiting from anti-Trump enthusiasm, focused on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for the elderly.

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.

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People close to the process told The Post the talks were more in-depth than they had been with other locations. The Triangle is one of 20 finalists that also include Austin, Atlanta and Nashville.

In Cleveland, Trump bashed DeWine's Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray, whom he declared "a bad person" who "has hurt a lot of people". "We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".

For Democrats to take control of the Senate, they'd have to win all of their elections, and take a couple of the Republican seats.

Those House races, along with several others in states where polls had closed, were being watched for insights into whether Trump can push forward with his agenda unimpeded or find himself restrained by a Democratic-controlled House.

But Trump is such an unusual politician who has made a career overturning conventions and expectations that it's possible he will defy ominous precedents. Rep. Marsha Blackburn was able to hold Tennessee's seat for Republicans, as current Sen.

Reprising his frantic campaigning during the final days of his 2016 race, Trump was barnstorming the country with rallies in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, returning to the White House well after midnight. Knocking off Donnelly in IN makes the math hard for Democrats, with competitive Senate races still too close to call in Florida and Texas.

Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign lost. In an even more bitter contest that has been rocked by race rows and feuds over ballot access, Democrat Stacey Abrams is trying to become the nation's first black female governor in Georgia.

In West Virginia, however, Democrat Joe Manchin continued to defy political gravity by holding onto his seat.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives were at stake Tuesday, plus 35 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats and 36 of the 50 state governorships.

Drawing attention like few other midterm contests, the election has pitted competing visions of the country against each other, with race often being front and centre, punctuated by two racially tinged crimes.

Fernando Rivera, a 53-year-old small-business owner in Miami, said he voted for all Republicans because he wants Congress to support Trump and his economic policies. "If the futures are up now and they stay up it's because there is an uncertainty factor that is now out of the market".

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