The greatest hopes - and worst fears - of both main political parties in the United States went unfulfilled in the midterm elections on Tuesday, as the Democrats were projected to wrest a majority in the House of Representatives away from the Republicans, but at the same time will lose Senate seats.
Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who is slated to steer the House Judiciary Committee warned that the election was about accountability for Trump. But the Trump administration's deregulation agenda will likely be protected by officials already in place, which is a positive for the financial sector.
In short, Trump will stay Trump. They believed that Clinton's showing meant that some Republican voters, tired of GOP control of Washington and Austin, might defect. "If the Democrats want to keep or increase their majority in 2020, they're going to have to learn to govern, and that's escaped the Republicans during the past two years".
Attention will now quickly shift to the question of who will lead the party.
But when it came to candidates for state Senate, Democratic primary voters threw their weight behind progressive candidates, including 27-year-old democratic socialist Julia Salazar - who actively campaigned on issues like sex workers' rights and racial injustice - and Alessandra Biaggi, another millennial and first-time candidate. This, in turn, will accelerate his dramatic reshaping of a party that for decades was defined by fiscal, social and national security conservatism. That win effectively closed the Democrats' chances to win the Senate.
Said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway: "I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people".
The editors of Sabato's Crystal BallKyle Kondik and Larry J. Sabato wrote, "We have long cautioned against assuming the House was a done deal for the Democrats, and we don't think readers should be stunned if things go haywire for Democrats tomorrow night". Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.
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That will nearly certainly continue if a shrinking congressional caucus paves the way for greater fealty to Trump.
In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly's seat In IN, and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp In North Dakota, marking disappointment for the Democrats. The President framed the election as a choice between what he has described as Republican law and order and a Democratic "mob" and spoke extensively about immigration and securing the border in the final days of the fall campaign season. Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote. "That's why we will be campaigning for every last vote in every part of our great country", he said.
Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents were on defense in races across the country.
Democrats lost 63 seats in 2010 with Barack Obama in the White House, handing control to the Republicans, who brought Obama's agenda largely to a halt.
"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Trump declared in his final day of campaigning.
Several Republican candidates and advocacy groups such as the Congressional Leadership Fund joined in, concluding that the party's economic message was not resonating. So far Democrats have won two such races in Iowa, defeating GOP Reps.
Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions.