Democrats make gains in state legislatures, governorships

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US: Democrats take the House, but there was no landslide – Nordea Markets

After fears that he would lose a race for attorney general marred by allegations that he once physically abused an ex-girlfriend and his opponent's controversial legal career, Keith Ellison won the race by almost 4 percentage points.

However, the result could lead to a bipartisanship between the GOP and Democrats.

"The American people deserve real action to end the daily epidemic of gun violence that is stealing the lives of our children on campuses, in places of worship and on our streets", said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader who is running for a second stint as House speaker.

She saluted "those dynamic, diverse and incredible candidates who have taken back the House for the American people".

Democrats were still waiting to hear how big their House majority would be, while Republicans were eyeing results in several Senate races that will determine how much they grow their numbers in the upper chamber.

Neal and Representative Bill Pascrell, who is set to chair the Ways and Means trade subcommittee, are promising to haul Trump's top trade lieutenants into hearings not only to explain their strategy on China but also on future trade negotiations with the European Union, Japan and Britain. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority. On legislative prospects, Trump said he could potentially work with Democrats on issues such as taxes, infrastructure and health care, saying it "really could be a handsome, bipartisan type of situation".

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of ugly rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on boosting Republicans in states that he carried in 2016. The Democrats made only slight inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters. He also now has a leftist House filled with ideologues he can mock and hold accountable.

Numerous issues already have been put forward by Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives. We can expect the media to continue amplifying the naive socialistic ideas of millennial Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms.

The Republican side of the aisle elected mostly white men.

But also in Texas, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic congressman and former punk rock singer who had raised an unprecedented $60 million in his mission to win in the Republican stronghold, fell short to arch-conservative former presidential contender Ted Cruz.

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Even President Trump appears to believe Pelosi will land the job, calling her "Speaker Pelosi" in his press conference Wednesday, and praising her for her accomplishments.

Cordray did better than Hillary Clinton in 2016 in the Mahoning Valley area that includes Youngstown, winning Trumbull County after Trump carried it.

Two years ago, Trump secured his victory by winning two big prizes, OH easily and Florida narrowly, and then carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by the thinnest or margins - less that one percentage point in each state.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a popular Democrat who easily clinched a third term against a little-known opponent with 60 percent of the vote, helped other Democrats on the ballot. The way you treat other people is awful.

Pennsylvania was particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.

Republican supporters cheer after Iowa's Republican candidate for governor won re-election. The Trump administration will no longer get a free ride from Congressional Republicans who had no interest in shining a light on its abuses of power.

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.

With winners called in all but one statewide race, Republicans were on pace to gain three seats in the Senate and defended their lead in governorships by a two-seat margin.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued today that Democrats must build an urban-suburban coalition through issues like healthcare and education and thereby prevent the President from driving a wedge between the two constituencies on other issues. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) has won another term.

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