Trump Declares Victory As He Faces Two-Year Struggle With House Democrats

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Wed, 11/07/2018

Despite record voter turnout and a staggering $5 billion political spend between both parties, Democrats’ hoped-for ‘blue wave’ failed to materialize on Tuesday. Instead, the reality was closer to a purple wash.

Democrats won a slight majority in the House – they were up 26 seats at last count, three more than the 23 needed to flip control, with more races expected to be called in their favor on Wednesday – but Republicans picked up seats in the Senate, solidifying what had been a razor-thin majority. Almost all of those seats were won by staunch conservatives who are expected to back the Trump agenda. Meanwhile, it’s unlikely that the Democrats will come anywhere close to the 40 seats they would have needed to signify a “tsunami-like” victory. However, at least one Democratic narrative was validated as 18 of the 29 Republican districts that flipped to the Democrats were won by women, cementing the ‘year of the woman’

Both parties can claim important victories in gubernatorial races. Republican Mike DeWine bested Richard Cordray in Ohio, and Ron DeSantis defeated Democratic challenger Andrew Gillum in Florida, solidifying Republican control over two key swing states. But Democrats wrested control of governors’ mansions in Wisconsin, Michigan and Kansas.

Republican won several important victories in the Senate and ousted a handful of Democratic incumbents, per the FT:

In the Senate, the Democrats lost ground after its incumbents were defeated in North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri. At last count, Democrats were also trailing in Montana and Florida, with the latter race possibly set to go to a recount. The only real upset for Democrats in the upper chamber was the defeat of Nevada’s Dean Heller, who lost to Democrat Jacky Rosen. But the Senate victories were strong enough to vindicate President Trump’s controversial campaign strategy, which saw the president hold a blitz of campaign rallies across the US, while elevating immigration to the race’s defining issue.

Still, the Democrats’ takeover of the House suggests that they will almost certainly use their subpoena power to investigate everything from Trump’s tax returns to his financial ties in Eastern Europe to his purported “relationship” with the Kremlin. It also signals that Trump is in for a two-year struggle as partisan gridlock will almost certainly hamstring parts of his agenda.

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