By Fox News. Democrats reclaimed control of the House of Representatives Tuesday night after eight years out of power, Fox News projects, dealing a major setback to President Trump’s legislative agenda — but Republicans were able to expand their narrow Senate majority and, with it, the ability to confirm crucial judicial nominees.
The split decision on Capitol Hill follows one of the most intense and chaotic midterm campaign seasons in recent memory, in which President Trump barnstormed the country for GOP candidates and powerful Democrats including predecessor Barack Obama did the same for the other side. . .
In a boost for Trump, the GOP’s continued hold on the Senate gives Republicans control over all critical federal judicial appointments, including nominations to the Supreme Court. Republicans flipped a number of marquee Senate seats on Tuesday, with wins by Josh Hawley over Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Rep. Kevin Cramer over Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Republican Gov. Rick Scott over longtime Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida, and Mike Braun over Joe Donnelly in Indiana. . .
But Democrats’ win in the House gives fresh hope to liberals who want to investigate and perhaps even impeach the president. The takeover in that chamber ensures a contentious next two years leading into the 2020 presidential elections.
Democrats will also be able to halt many items on Trump’s legislative wishlist, including funding for his proposed border wall and a new middle-class tax cut — or at least extract major concessions on contentious issues like immigration reform before Trump gets his way. (Read more from “Democrats Retake Control of House, Republicans Hold Senate Majority” HERE)
Democrats Set to Take House but Republicans Hold Senate
By Telegraph UK. Democrats look set to take the majority in the House of Representatives but fail to win back the Senate after the “blue wave” of historic support they hoped for failed to materialise.
Multiple US broadcasters projected that the Democrats would take the House. It will allow them to block Donald Trump’s laws and launch a string of investigations into his administration. However the Republicans looked on course to hold – or possibly even increase – their majority in the Senate, a result which Mr Trump is likely to use as proof that the night was not as bad as feared.
In the most closely watched race of election night, Ted Cruz was projected to see off Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat who became a nationwide pinup for liberals, and win re-election as Texas senator.
Pundits credited Republican turnout from a support base fired up by Mr Trump with robbing the Democrats of the landslide election they were hoping to secure. (Read more from “Democrats Set to Take House but Republicans Hold Senate” HERE)