Defiant Trump blames media, fellow Republicans for House losses

Minorities LGBT make history in 2018 midterms

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According to Democrats, Tuesday was supposed to be a blue wave election.

Though a separate case involving similar allegations filed by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia is further along, the D.C. case is the only one that has congressional Democrats as the plaintiffs.

The president countered that Democrats can choose to work on issues together, or they can pursue their lengthy list of investigations against the administration, but they cannot do both.

Democrats will hold at least 21 seats in the 35-seat Senate and appeared poised to take at least 81 seats in the 151-seat House, with some results still pending in a handful of races, and others were still too close to call. But it wasn't clear that either party emerged with a clear mandate, save for Democrats claiming the country wants to see them conduct oversight on Mr. Trump.

Internal Revenue Service law allows House and Senate tax-writing committees to request federal returns, and the ranking Ways and Means Democrat, Rep. Richard Neal of MA, has signaled publicly he would ask for them - a move the White House might fight. In fact, it's.quite typical: "In every midterm election since the Civil War, the president's party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate", NBC reported.

Their lawsuit also has a potential wrinkle that involves another figure of the tense midterm election season - newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It was basically an average midterm loss for a sitting president.

Most past presidents have suffered reversals during the midterms.

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Properly considered, this was a stark rebuke of the Republican Party and President Trump, which had pushed nearly all their political chips onto the bigotry square over the last few weeks.

Among the new lawmakers headed to the House is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country.

For example, Cummings and other Democratic lawmakers a year ago filed a federal lawsuit demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president. But it is far more popular inside the Beltway than it is among working-class voters.

And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act. Tea Party candidates were even able to displace traditional Republicans. However, though the turnout this time did not match 2016, turnout was high for a midterm. The three states which saw the biggest movement towards the Democrats in 2016 were California, Texas and Arizona. AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes. Few Republicans actually turn out to be persuadable at election time. Approximately 114 million votes were cast in House races in 2018, compared to 83 million in 2014.

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Native American women threw their hat into the ring in Kansas and New Mexico.

Trump offered an olive branch to House Democrats as an alternative to an investigative face-off.

"I did the country a great service", he said during a November 7 press conference.

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And should President Trump be anxious about his chances for re-election in 2020? People of color and youthful voters proved to be pivotal - energized not by "moderate" candidates but by strong progressive populism.

That's insane-no president has ever benefited from watching the other party take control of Congress.

The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape US politics for years to come.

Republicans warn that more investigations could blow back against the Democrats for the 2020 United States election. In the final analysis, after being out of power in the House for the better part of a decade, Democrats are looking ahead to curbing Trumpism.

One of Emerge's goals is to build a pipeline of female candidates at the local and state levels that could feed into federal races. This would mean that Democrats and Republicans will lock horns, and the policy making process as well as passage of bills would be limited.

Media captionThe BBC's Anthony Zurcher explains what losing the House means for Donald Trump's presidency. However, once again, these states are proving they are the bell weathers. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Joe Donnelly in IN and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

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