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Why the midterm results could actually be good news for Trump

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Steven Clarke | 11 November, 2018, 01:26

"We're going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt, and I would blame them", Trump said at a news conference.

But while Democrats successfully flipped the House, Republicans were able to increase the margin by which they control the Senate.

"We should bring to the Senate floor legislation that would put restrictions on the ability of President Donald Trump to fire the Special Counsel".

Trump's Senate focus and his party's expansion of its narrow majority means he and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can keep putting conservatives on federal benches.

"For Trump, though, losing the House - but getting Pelosi back as a target for 2020 - is a dream come true". He threw himself into the campaign, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American "mobs" he says oppose him.

The White House for days has stressed the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats. The Republican-led Senate also could prevent Congress from removing Trump from office, if the Democratic-controlled House decides to move forward with impeachment proceedings. They want continued economic growth and more opportunities for education and financial security.

Industrial and materials stocks could be among the best performers on speculation politicians can broker an infrastructure deal, Wall Street analysts and strategists speculated before the election.

The Democrats had never looked likely to win control of the Senate and in the event they fell short of a tidal wave of voter support that would have given them that. The second is to try and push for as many concrete solutions to its chief concerns - Iran, Syria and the Palestinians - while Trump remains in the White House.

Widely viewed as a referendum on Trump's presidency, Tuesday's results offered a split decision that revealed deep tensions in the American electorate - a rift that could easily widen during two years of divided control of Congress. Trump's aggressive campaign blitz, which paid off in some key victories, suggests he is likely to continue leaning into the fray.

"I don't think anyone deserves anything", Mrs. Pelosi said in response to the president's comments.

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Carlson said, "They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in". Carlson said that he was at the Fox News office in Washington when neighbors texted him about the commotion.

Foreign policy has been an area that Trump has approached in a very personal way, sometimes antagonizing allies such as Canada while making what critics see as unduly warm overtures to traditional rivals or foes. Her opponent, Brian Kemp, was ahead in a very close race early on Wednesday and Abrams said she would not concede until all the votes were counted. That means the candidate of the party with the most House seats wins, as long as party members stick together.

In the Senate, Democrats were facing an uphill battle because they were defending 26 races, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.

Republicans built on their slim Senate majority by several seats and ousted four incumbent Democrats: Bill Nelson in Florida, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

What difference will the new Congress make?

Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and has slammed the probe as a "witch hunt".

Overall, women voted considerably more in favor of congressional Democratic candidates - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for Republicans, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

The president was pushing his "victory" message hard all Wednesday morning, telling his Twitter followers that "any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election" are merely "FAKE NEWS!" The Democrats now control the Intelligence Committee-responsible for considering potential Russian collusion in the last presidential election. The party picked up seats across the map but some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost. Likewise, in Texas, 59 percent of white women voted for Republican Senator Ted Cruz, while 95 percent of black women supported his challenger, the beloved Beto O'Rourke.

In Florida, Congressman Ron DeSantis narrowly won his race for governor.

Sharice Davids (Kansas) and Deb Haaland (New Mexicao) became the first Native American women to be elected.

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