Democrats Take Hold Of New York State Senate

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun snatched the seat from Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, but corruption scandal-tainted Senator Bob Menendez saved his seat for the Democrats in New Jersey.

Democrats were always facing an uphill battle in the Senate this year because they were defending 26 seats, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs. In turn, Trump has already been trying out defensive arguments, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

"We're seeing the ramifications of Democrats on these committees who have this kind of power", Melber said. The Democratic Party is projected to get 238 seats in the US House of Representatives, while Republicans will have 197, according to a CNN forecast.

In the suburbs outside the nation's capital, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator.

The election is the culmination of two years of Democratic activism beginning virtually the day after Trump won the 2016 election and officially kicking off with Women's Marches across the country on the day after his inauguration.

Democrats believe that if they win back Congress on Nov 6, they can prevent Mr Trump from completing his agenda and winning a second term.

President Donald Trump and his allies have been whipping up conservative voters in recent days, campaigning on the threat of a migrant caravan making its way to the United States, and boasting of the roaring economy.

As for the Senate race, despite Trump's deeply polarizing effect on voters, the GOP harnessed his rock-solid popularity with hard-right voters in rural, deep-red states.

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That would give the Senate the role of blocking House-passed Democratic initiatives on everything from health care to the potential repeal of tax cuts on the wealthy that the GOP enacted past year.

One Washington Post writer pointed out that Democrats in the House would "give Trump a boogeyman" and he would have "a ready-made foil for his 2020 re-election campaign".

President Donald Trump is unlikely to reach out to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Tuesday evening, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, even as the prospects of Democrats taking over the lower chamber grow. Cynthia Nixon challenged Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo for NY governor. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Trump won Texas with more than 52% of the vote in 2016.

In the last two decades there have only three election cycles where one party picked up 24 or more seats.

Nearly a quarter of voters considered immigration to be the top issue, while another one-fifth said it was the economy.

Yet Democrats' dreams of the Senate majority as part of a "blue wave" were shattered after losses in numerous top Senate battlegrounds: Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, North Dakota and Texas.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

In Arizona, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally are locked in a dead heat, Trump's approval is 52%, with 47% who disapprove. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.

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