Republican win in Indiana makes Democrat path to Senate majority trickier

Republican win in Indiana makes Democrat path to Senate majority trickier

The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for the first time since the 2010 election, beginning a split-power arrangement with the Republican-led Senate that may force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions and focus on issues with bipartisan support, such as an infrastructure improvement package or protections against prescription drug price increases.

Democrats began to scent a big night in the U.S. midterm elections Tuesday with early results pointing to them seizing the House of Representatives from the Republicans in what would be a dramatic rebuke to President Donald Trump.

Former vice president Joe Biden, often touted as a possible Democratic candidate to take on Trump in 2020, said he'd be "dumbfounded" not to win the House.

Despite Democrats hailing an end to one-party dominance at the top of USA politics, Trump spoke of a "tremendous success".

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was re-elected in West Virginia, a state Trump captured by 42 percentage points in his 2016 election triumph.

But it's clear that Congress will be a very different place come January.

Pelosi says that after 2016 Democrats "didn't agonize, we organized".

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

In other notable contests, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her race for a House seat in NY - becoming, at 29, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Republicans are projected to keep at least 50 seats in the 100-member US Senate, which gives them control as Vice President Mike Pence will be the tiebreaker. Democrats require at least 218 mandates to get the majority, and now need at least 23 mandates to achieve that goal.

An American voter told SAMAA Digital that they live in a time where everything is not as trustworthy as it once was.

More news: Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

The Republican takeover of both houses of Congress in the 1994 election, two years after Bill Clinton's first presidential victory, slowed the Democratic president's legislative agenda.

Democratic control of the House will nearly certainly lead to an onslaught of investigations of Trump's businesses and his administration. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee later said its volunteers had knocked on 26 million doors and made 30 million calls.

The GOP's grasp of the Senate will allow Trump to easily appoint more federal judges.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by AP.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

Republicans entered the night commanding the Senate only narrowly, 51-49.

Democrats turned out to register disapproval of Trump's divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries. "In the past two years confidence has definitely waned...but I am a hopeless optimist and I hope what we do will be better for the country", he said. But White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders minimized the magnitude of Democratic gains.

Democratic candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Pelosi has remained noncommittal amid speculation that she would step aside to make way for new leadership, regardless of the election results.

While a Democratic House would block some of Trump's plans, a GOP majority enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas.

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