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Pa. House and Senate remain in Republican control despite Democratic gains

The Pennsylvania state Capitol MARC LEVY Associated Press

Many first-time candidates this year were inspired to run for office, at least in part, by the 2016 presidential election - both the fact that the first female major-party nominee ever lost, and that Donald Trump, who is very unpopular among women (particularly Democratic women), won.

"It was a big day yesterday, incredible day", Trump said Wednesday.

Views on sexual harassment diverged similarly: About 8 in 10 said they see it as a "serious problem", and almost two-thirds of them voted Democratic.

Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis claimed the governorship over Democrat Andrew Gillum, the Mayor of Tallahassee, by less than a point, while the Senate contest between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Governor Rick Scott is heading for a recount. This is also roughly in line with 2006, which was another wave year for Democrats.

The Republican president also clashed repeatedly with reporters at the White House, ordering them to be quiet.

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds. "It's not just that many of them are women or people of color - many of them are progressives who won their elections demanding Medicare for All [government-backed health insurance], demanding raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and making public colleges and universities tuition free".

"When people are anxious and worried about the future, demagogues not just in the United States but all over the world play to those fears", Sanders said.

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Christopher Watts, 33, married his late wife Shannan in Mecklenburg County in 2012, and her parents still live in North Carolina. Christopher Watts is in court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado.

That the Democrats took back the House is not a new phenomenon: the president's party tends to lose seats during a midterm.

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to subpoena Mr Trump's long-hidden tax returns amid suspicions the billionaire has paid minimal amounts for years and possibly expose hidden foreign ties.

Some of the most heated moments were triggered by questions on whether the Democrats will use their election gains to push for more investigations against Trump, with the presumed goal of impeachment.

The Democrats flipped the Republican-held Colorado Senate, Maine Senate, Minnesota House and both chambers in New Hampshire.

Tennessee gained the state's first woman in the Senate as Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

These three additional Senate seats, assuming no shenanigans in the Florida recount, would give Mr. Trump's party a 54-46 majority in the next Congress, with no worries about having to water down conservative legislation to placate moderate Republican Sens. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

The courts exist to resolve disputes irrespective of the wishes of voters, to interpret the Constitution and the laws as they were written, and to protect the natural and constitutional rights of everyone in America from infringement by the Congress or the president or the states.

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Subsequently, it was announced that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would no longer oversee the Mueller investigation. The president, in an interview with The Washington Times last week, denied reported he'd talked to Mr.

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. By the time the midterm rolls around, the popularity of the president (or lack thereof) is reflected on his party.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

The president found partial success despite his current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era. As of this writing, not every race has been called and it is not yet clear how large the Democrats' majority will be, but it is already clear that the Speaker's gavel, and control of the House investigative committees, will go to them. Adding to their trouble was incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.

Democrats again scored well in Virginia, which has moved from a solid red state to a purple state to one with in increasingly blue tint.

The newly elected Republican opposes Medicaid expansion; South Dakota is one of 19 states to refuse the expansion, which would cover more than 40,000 of the state's most vulnerable residents.

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Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women elected to Congress. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.

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