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Women candidates make record gains in USA midterm elections

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Russell Knight | 09 November, 2018, 19:32

There are still a handful of races that haven't been decided, and the Democratic margin in the House is likely to grow.

But is this similar to the "shellacking" that Democrats got during the Obama administration's first midterms vote in 2010? No.

Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who challenged Pelosi for leadership of House Democrats in 2016, told CNN he hasn't ruled it out another bid against her, but he isn't considering challenging her at the moment, either.

He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health. Facing a barrage of negative ads from Republicans tying them to Pelosi, about a dozen members of the incoming freshmen class said they would oppose Pelosi as speaker.

Ms Pelosi, who is favoured to pick up the House speaker's gavel, promised her party would serve as a counterweight to the White House.

That may make the loss of at least 31 seats in 2018 seem pretty average - though even there it would be wrong to say, as Trump did, that 2018 represented a dramatic overperformance.

Trump's rhetoric, his style and his divisiveness clearly cost the Republican Party yesterday in these suburban House districts and will complicate his prospects for re-election in two years. "Two can play that game!", Trump wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!"

"Indeed it is a good morning for Senate Republicans", the Kentucky Republicans told reporters.

More than 100 women were elected to United States legislative office in mid-term elections Tuesday.

They will be tearing into Mr Trump's carefully hidden personal finances and links to Russian Federation, a legal morass already being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "So I'm really happy with - not only the way it came out, but the response to me as your president".

In ill-tempered exchanges, he called a CNN correspondent "a rude, bad person" and told an NBC reporter: "I'm not a big fan of yours either".

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The president became irate when questioned about his characterisation of Central American migrants heading towards the USA as an "invasion". "There's definitely a turnout benefit to talking to conservatives the way Trump has".

Following the press conference, he announced in a tweet he had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A 2017 financial disclosure form showed liabilities for Trump of at least US$130 million to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, a unit of German-based Deutsche Bank AG.

And then there's a lawsuit against Trump by almost 200 Democratic senators and representatives who accuse Trump of constantly violating the Constitution's emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign and domestic interests.

"It's too early to drink, but I am eating all the leftover Halloween candy", Harper said Wednesday. They contend the president is exploiting a humanitarian issue for "political gain".

Democrats won seats in places like Oklahoma and SC on Tuesday night in addition to their expected victories in suburban districts around urban centers.

The Democrats gained more than the 23 seats they needed for a majority in the 435-seat House of Representatives. Republicans have picked up at least one seat in the Senate, with races in Arizona and MS remaining undecided. But there is no equivalent to Stephen Miller or Peter Navarro on the foreign policy front, translating Trump's America First speeches into an even partial break with the national security status quo.

Democrats running for Senate seats received some 12 million more votes than Republicans, but the structure of the USA political system - which allocates two Senate seats per state - means candidates in less populated states needed fewer votes to win.

In the 36 governors' races, Republicans won an ugly battle in Florida and appeared on the cusp of victory in Georgia. Many Democrats felt her testimony was sufficient evidence to consider Kavanaugh guilty of the accusations, and refused to confirm him.

Female candidates fared particularly well in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

Two 29-year-old Democrats - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer - are due to be the youngest women ever to win House seats. Other winners Tuesday included Sharice Davids from Kansas, one of the first two Native American woman elected to Congress, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman.

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