Mid-term elec­tions 2018

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

The Democrats gained more than the 23 seats they needed for a ma­jor­ity in the 435-seat House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Repub­li­cans are in the right di­rec­tion to in­crease their rep­re­sen­ta­tion from 51 to 54 in the 100-seat Se­nate. This will al­low Mr Trump's party greater head­way over ju­di­cial and ex­ec­u­tive ap­point­ments.US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has said he is ready to work with Democrats af­ter they won con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in mid-term elec­tions. Repub­li­cans would co-op­er­ate on is­sues such as in­fra­struc­ture, trade and health. Democrats would seek com­pro­mise with the pres­i­dent and will in­ves­ti­gate Mr Trump's busi­ness af­fairs and tax re­turns also. The pres­i­dent wants unity and peace. He stated that if Democrats start serv­ing le­gal writs against him, Repub­li­cans would re­cip­ro­cate in kind. Past pres­i­dents who have en­dured mid-term hur­dles have pledged low­li­ness and stated they learned worth­while lessons. Bill Clin­ton and Barack Obama, whose par­ties lost the House in the mid­dle of their first terms, used the de­feats to straighten suc­cess­ful re-elec­tion cam­paigns.

Women wore head­scarves and cast bal­lots in a line of vot­ing booths. Peo­ple cast their bal­lots in the midterm elec­tion at Wil­liam Ford El­e­men­tary School in Dear­born, Michi­gan, dur­ing the 2018 midterm elec­tions. Fe­male can­di­dates in Michi­gan and Min­nesota will be the first Mus­lim Amer­i­can women to serve in Congress. In midterm elec­tions two years af­ter he won the White House, Trump Repub­li­cans en­larged their ma­jor­ity in the US Se­nate fol­low­ing a dis­rup­tive drive no­ticed by fe­ro­cious clashes over race, im­mi­gra­tion and other cul­tural is­sues. A sim­ple House ma­jor­ity would be enough to im­peach Trump if proof is ac­knowl­edged that he thwarted jus­tice or 2016 strug­gle con­nived with Rus­sia. The Congress could not re­move him from of­fice with­out a sen­tence by a two-thirds ma­jor­ity in the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Se­nate. It may be re­mem­bered that Rus­sia had al­ready de­nied in­ter­fer­ing and Trump de­nies any col­lu­sion. Most Demo­cratic can­di­dates skipped from bit­ter crit­i­cism of Trump dur­ing the cam­paign's fi­nal range. Democrats reg­is­tered dis­plea­sure of Trump's dis­rup­tive poli­cies on is­sues as im­mi­gra­tion and his travel ban aim­ing sev­eral Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity coun­tries. A record num­ber of women ran for of­fice this elec­tion, many of them Democrats dis­please by Trump's pol­icy agenda. The fi­nal weeks be­fore the elec­tion were wit­nessed by the mail­ing of pipe bombs and the mass shoot­ing at a Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue in which 11 peo­ple died. This en­cour­aged ex­trem­ists. Money was also on the Democrats' party. 65 per­cent of th­ese elec­tion House do­na­tions have gone to Demo­cratic can­di­dates. More than 90 per­cent of House Demo­cratic can­di­dates in com­pet­i­tive races out­raised their Repub­li­can ri­vals. The pres­i­dent talked out about GDP growth and low un­em­ploy­ment at cam­paign events, but he has al­ways said he never gets credit for any­thing,

Repub­li­cans' loss of con­trol of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives will leave the party with a more con­ser­va­tive mem­ber. Moder­ate Repub­li­cans may re­main in the House with a small mi­nor­ity. Democrats would take au­thor­ity of the House while Repub­li­cans would keep hold the ma­jor­ity in the Se­nate. Many Repub­li­cans who lost their seats were or­di­nary from sub­ur­ban-heavy dis­tricts who tried to keep some dis­tance from Trump. Even in the face of stronger Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion, Trump is likely to ad­vo­cate for his "Amer­ica First" agenda that pri­or­i­tizes on is­sues, such as il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and trade pro­tec­tion­ism. The house of Democrats will not ap­prove fund­ing for a wall along the U.S. bor­der will not keep Trump from con­tin­u­ing to make it an is­sue. The Repub­li­can mem­bers in the House will have lit­tle in­ter­est in co­op­er­at­ing with the new Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity, leav­ing Repub­li­can con­gres­sional power con­cen­trated in the Se­nate and the gov­ern­ment largely im­mo­bile. It will be sur­pris­ing to see that if at this mo­ment he will gov­ern rather than just make points. The party al­ready faces con­fronta­tion in try­ing to grow be­yond its base of mid­dle-class Trump sup­port­ers, white men, and evan­gel­i­cals. It has lost foun­da­tion among women, sub­ur­ban vot­ers, vot­ers with col­lege de­grees. Trump, who strug­gled largely in ru­ral states, can point to those Se­nate wins as demon­strated he can still en­cour­age his vot­ers to the polls. Repub­li­cans have clearly known about their losses in the House. This is a warn­ing sign to the party and it needs to change its ways. In two years, should eco­nomic growth slow­down, the party may face lot of hur­dles. Those Repub­li­can can­di­dates who run for of­fice with Trump will have a dif­fi­cult time ini­ti­at­ing their own po­lit­i­cal in­tegri­ties.

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