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Democrats Win House Majority, Republicans Hold Senate

Democrats Win House Majority, Republicans Hold Senate

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Nov 2018 5:25 AM GMT

Washington: The Democrats on Wednesday secured a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years but the Republicans retained control of the Senate in US midterm elections seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency. According to projections based on exit polls, having snatched at least 23 seats from Republicans, the Democrats were set to retake control of the House, splitting control of bicameral Congress with the Republicans, reports Xinhua news agency and Efe news.

With swathes of congressional districts still waiting for voting results, it remained unclear how many seats the Democrats will eventually end up within the next Congress. The Democratic Party’s success has been widely anticipated by pre-voting polls though suspense remains as to how strong a “blue wave” is sweeping across the US.

Democrats captured 13 Republican-held seats early, ejecting incumbents in the suburbs of Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Miami, and Washington D.C. The Party also managed to win a number of gubernatorial races, including in the states of Illinois, New Mexico, and Kansas, balancing out the Republicans who controlled 33 governorships prior to the election.

Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate –the two bodies that makeup Congress. Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 states. By winning the House, Democrats will gain a powerful new pedestal to investigate President Donald Trump’s administration, his personal finances, and the hotels, golf courses and other businesses he still owns. They were also likely to press for details about the 2016 election, asking whether Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government’s efforts to sow misinformation and pro-Trump messages. But the Republicans snuffed out Democrats’ hopes of winning the Senate.

Projections have indicated that the Republicans were to gain at least three seats to increase their majority to a minimum of 51-42 percent with 94 percent of seats declared, Efe news reported. The first big victory of the night for Republicans in the Senate was that of Mike Braun, who won the seat of the Senate for Indiana, which had been in the hands of Democrat Joe Donnelly. Texas Republican Ted Cruz, who was challenged in the last few months by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, managed to keep his seat, although by a narrower margin than the conservatives ever have historically recorded in the Lone Star state. (IANS)

Also Read: Democrats Regains Control Over the House of Representative

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