Americans vote in mid-term polls seen as referendum on Trump

Americans vote in mid-term polls seen as referendum on Trump

Americans vote in mid-term polls seen as referendum on Trump

US President Donald Trump has described the mid-term election results as a "tremendous success", even as his Republican party lost control over the House of Representatives.

While some election forecasts favored Democrats, Rasmussen, the pollster that most accurately predicted Trump's 2016 victory, had the two parties locked in a statistical tie on a generic ballot.

Democrats needed to pick up two dozen seats to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate.

In the Senate, despite Trump's deeply polarizing effect on voters, the Republicans harnessed his rock-solid popularity with hard-right voters in rural, deep-red states. It was about restoring the Constitution and providing a balance to the Trump administration.

Missouri is extremely close for the President, where 51% approve and 48% disapprove and Republican Josh Hawley holds a commanding lead over incumbent Sen.

"The way business has been done in Washington for the past two years is going to change immediately".

The loss of the House spells the end of a political era for Republicans who rode into town on a Tea Party wave whipped up by fury over Obamacare and huge government spending in the wake of the Great Recession.

Democrats welcomed other firsts, including two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman, who is also the first Somali-American elected to Congress. This, in turn, will accelerate his dramatic reshaping of a party that for decades was defined by fiscal, social and national security conservatism. In fact, he may find it more politically effective to have House Democrats as a foil.

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In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

However, Republicans are hoping that this "over-emphasis on the Trump factor" can bring out the president's supporters and give them yet another surprise win, as in 2016 when Mr Trump beat Hillary Clinton. "He hasn't shown any inclination to do that, but it will be interesting to see if this is a moment he will want to govern rather than just make points".

According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate: About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican.

That will nearly certainly continue if a shrinking congressional caucus paves the way for greater fealty to Trump.

And in the Senate, triumphant Republicans retained control, ousting Democratic incumbents in IN and North Dakota and ensuring they will remain as guardians of Trump's conservative agenda for two more years. So is Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House who at times differed with the president's tone, if not his policies. The president was a constant presence on the campaign trail in the last six months, but he rarely stopped by to help House Republicans - an illustration of how intensely unpopular he was in suburban districts across the country, and his decision to train his fire only on motivating hardline base voters to ensure he'd keep the Senate.

President keeping it low key on midterm Election Day following a busy campaign season; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.

Democrats picked up at least 12 Republican-held House seats in early returns but fell short in a closely watched race in Kentucky as they fought to wrest control of the chamber after eight years of GOP rule.

Heading into Election Day, Democrats were not expected to fare as well in the Senate as in the House of Representatives. A 2017 tax-cut law will be a distant memory.

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