Donald Trump Midterms Morning-After Tweetstorm: Make Nancy Pelosi House Speaker

Donald Trump Midterms Morning-After Tweetstorm: Make Nancy Pelosi House Speaker

"Nothing is more wholesome for our country, for our politics, for our campaigning than the increased participation of women in the electoral process", Nancy Pelosi, who's on track to be Democrats' pick for speaker of the House, said last month on CNN.

In a sense, the Senate map offered Republicans a similar kind of structural advantage: There were 35 seats on the ballot around the country, and only nine of them belonged to Republicans. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas. Casten, a scientist and businessman took almost 53 percent of the vote in an area covering the northern part of Cook County, and parts of Lake, McHenry, Kane, and DuPage counties. Rep. Ryan Costello, a Republican from Pennsylvania who announced his retirement earlier this year, tweeted his displeasure with the president's diatribe, writing that his colleagues have had to "bite ur lip more times you'd care to; to disagree & separate from POTUS on principle & civility in ur campaign; to lose bc of POTUS & have him piss on u". "I'm voting for candidates that I believe have the capacity to unite people rather than divide". "I give her a great deal of credit for what she's done and what she's accomplished", Trump said.

Moreover, a record number of women also won races across the U.S., and candidates of colour and LGBT people broke barriers.

Schiller said, "Everything about the rules of the game, about achieving power, has changed out from under her".

In two other tight Congressional races in Illinois, Republicans Mike Bost and Rodney Davis narrowly held onto their seats in two downstate districts.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Trump's aggressive campaign blitz, which paid off in some key victories, suggests he is likely to continue leaning into the fray. "Now I'm saying we will win" she told Stephen Colbert during an October 30 appearance on the Late Show, per Deadline.

Going into Tuesday, Republicans controlled 33 governors' mansions and two-thirds of state legislative chambers. Democratic former President Barack Obama swooped in to boost the Democrats, and media star Oprah Winfrey visited Georgia on behalf of Abrams.

President Donald Trump's Russian business ties, Jared Kushner's relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Ivanka Trump's Chinese trademarks - all could come under new scrutiny by the Democrats when they take over the House of Representatives.

"In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats".

Democratic senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota lost their races, while Republican representative Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected to the US Senate from Tennessee. Two others were too close to call as of Wednesday night. That's three more seats than the GOP holds now, and it may be enough to insulate the party against Democratic attacks in the next election.

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Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House.

Trump spent election night watching returns with family and friends at the White House, his shadow looming large over the results.

"There's so much to the Trump administration that could be investigated, it's an unprecedented situation of major business entanglements around the world" linked to the US president, said Dana Allin, senior fellow with the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

As was widely expected, Democrats took back the House and Republicans maintained their Senate dominance.

And White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders noted another detail from the midterms that will quietly please Trump - candidates he supported in election rallies did "very well tonight".

Republicans point to comments like those from Democrat Maxine Waters of California, a favorite Trump target of ridicule, who is likely to head the Financial Services Committee. Trump added that he's doing an "excellent job".

Thus, while Trump remains a minority president in terms of voter sentiment, he nevertheless enjoys a level of political clout that goes beyond his popularity level.

Wiles said a big question mark concerned how many independent voters would turn out and if they would break for any particular candidate.

Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote.

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