Trump ex­tols suc­cess de­spite ‘blue wave’

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xinhua)

AS the re­sults of the Amer­i­can midterm elec­tions are fi­nal­ized, it is al­most cer­tain that the Demo­cratic Party has re­taken the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives while the Repub­li­cans will hold onto the Se­nate.

Four Se­nate seats and dozens of House seats are still in con­test.

The Demo­cratic and the Repub­li­can par­ties are both ex­pected to ex­pand their ad­van­tages in the cham­ber where they hold a ma­jor­ity.

The Repub­li­can Party cur­rently holds 51 seats in the Se­nate, reach­ing pre-elec­tion lev­els.

It is highly likely that it will pick up at least one more Se­nate seat from the states of Mon­tana, Mis­sis­sippi or Florida, al­low­ing it to build a big­ger edge against the Demo­cratic Party in the up­per cham­ber of Congress.

The GOP suc­cess­fully peeled off at least three vul­ner­a­ble Demo­cratic seats in the states of Mis­souri, In­di­ana and North Dakota, quelling the lit­tle if any hope the Democrats had for tak­ing Se­nate.

But the GOP has also lost a Se­nate seat rep­re­sent­ing Ne­vada to a Demo­cratic chal­lenger.

The Demo­cratic Party has se­cured 218 seats in the House, and is look­ing to pick up more seats from the Repub­li­cans, al­low­ing it­self a com­fort­able lead over the Repub­li­cans.

Some of the states where Democrats fin­ished strongly in­clude Penn­syl­va­nia, New York and Vir­ginia.

The Democrats’ suc­cess had been widely an­tic­i­pated by pre-vot­ing polls, though the mag­ni­tude of the so-called “blue wave” is yet to be mea­sured.

The split re­sult gave both par­ties rea­son to cel­e­brate.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted that the elec­tion was a “tremen­dous suc­cess,” while the leader of House Democrats Nancy Pelosi pledged to ex­er­cise “checks and bal­ances” on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Re­gain­ing con­trol of the lower cham­ber of Congress gives the Democrats greater sway in leg­isla­tive is­sues, as they are ex­pected to un­der­mine poli­cies pushed by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, such as Medi­care and im­mi­gra­tion re­form.

On the other hand, the Repub­li­cans can con­firm gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials such as Supreme Court jus­tices or Cab­i­net mem­bers with more ease thanks to their bol­stered Se­nate ma­jor­ity.

In the 36 gu­ber­na­to­rial races across the coun­try, the Demo­cratic Party flipped mul­ti­ple states, in­clud­ing Kansas, New Mex­ico, Michi­gan, Illi­nois and Wis­con­sin, reach­ing near equal num­bers as the Repub­li­cans, which cur­rently hold 33 of the na­tion’s 50 gov­er­nor­ships.

The po­lit­i­cal po­lar­iza­tion in re­cent years has en­er­gized vot­ers in both camps, as early vot­ing num­bers and the fi­nan­cial do­na­tions to both par­ties shat­tered records.

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