Democrats win House majority, Republicans retain Senate

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2018 08:30:54



Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate - the two bodies that make up Congress. Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 States


The Democrats on Wednesday secured a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years but the Republicans retained control of the Senate in US midterm elections seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency. Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate - the two bodies that make up Congress. Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 States.

By winning the House, Democrats will gain a powerful new pedestal to investigate President Donald Trump’s administration, his personal finances, and the hotels, golf courses and other businesses he still owns.
Democrats captured 13 Republican-held seats early, ejecting incumbents in the suburbs of Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Miami and Washington D.C The Party also managed to win a number of gubernatorial races, including in the states of Illinois, New Mexico and Kansas, balancing out the Republicans who controlled 33 governorships prior to the election.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 78, is expected to be re-elected as Speaker of 435-member House of Representatives, which is equivalent to Lok Sabha in Indian Parliament. In the outgoing House, the Republicans had 235 seats while the Democrats 193. The new House would come into being next January. However, the ruling Republican Party led by President Donald Trump appeared to be all set to retain majority in the 100-member Senate where it currently has a razor thin majority of 51-49 seats. The GOP (The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party)) is expected to increase its tally, as counting of votes were still going on when reports last came in.

In his first tweet after election results started coming in Trump claimed success. “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”. Trump in campaign rallies had said that he was on the ballot and made it a referendum on his nearly two years rule.



Trump hails ‘big day’ for Republicans


US President Donald Trump on Wednesday hailed a “big day” for Republicans after his party lost control of the House of Representatives in the US midterm elections but increased their Senate majority.

He offered an olive branch to Democrats, praising their leader and likely next House speaker Nancy Pelosi, but angrily lashed out at journalists for questioning his congressional campaign tactics. Democrats will have 229 seats in the 435-member House, while Republicans will hold 53 seats in the 100-member Senate, up from 51, according to projections by The New York Times. “It was a big day yesterday, an incredible day,” Trump told a news conference at the White House.“And last night... The Republican Party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the House.” Republicans defeated Democratic senators in several states won by Trump in 2016 - Florida, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota. Republican senate candidates were also leading in Arizona and Montana. Democrats appear to have won a Republican Senate seat in Nevada. Democrats also picked up seven governorships but fell short in a high-profile race in Florida, expected to play a key role in the 2020.

Trump reeled off a shopping list of disadvantages the Republicans had faced going into Tuesday’s vote, including “wealthy donors and special interests,” for the Democrats, and “very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly.”