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Polls closing as voters pit Trump strength against resistance of Democrats

08 November 2018

The Republican president also clashed repeatedly with reporters at the White House, ordering them to be quiet. He cited "questionable things" done by Democrats, including "leaks of classified information". The Democrats stormed back to the take the House after losing power eight years ago and gained seven governorships around the country, while the Republicans increased their power in the Senate by at least two seats.

He singled out GOP Representatives Mike Coffman of Colorado, Mia Love of Utah, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Peter Roskam of Illinois, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, John Faso of NY and Bob Hugin, who challenged Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

"The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting", the leader said, "I remember when we tried it in the late 90s".

Democrats have expressed confidence that they'll score the net gain of 23 seats needed to take control of the House for the first time since 2010.

"Mike, will you be my running mate?"

But liberals hell-bent on seeing Trump impeached may wind up disappointed, with New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the likely chairman of the Judiciary Committee, telling CNN that it's "way too early" to consider that move.

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Those voters have increasingly fled Trump's Republican Party, turned off by his chaotic leadership style and xenophobic rhetoric. And according to Bannon, Trump is prepared to counterpunch the day after Election Day if there's a blue wave .

But control of the Senate ensures Mr Trump can still make key appointments.

On Wednesday, Trump suggested Republicans would retaliate if Democrats use their new House majority to issue subpoenas and investigate his businesses.

As the majority party, the Democrats will chair important committees and will have expansive powers to investigate the president, his business dealings and the inner workings of his administration, including whether anyone from the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

"Divisiveness is really tearing the country apart", Koutsogiogasi, a Democrat, said as he voted with his wife.

Presumbly Trump was talking about Republican Scott Brown's surprising upset over Democrat Martha Coakley to fill the remaining time in the term of US Senator Ted Kennedy, who died in office in 2009. "Erik Paulsen didn't want the embrace", Trump said. Next year they will have far more power in United States politics, and the Republicans far less.

The Democrats flipped the Republican-held Colorado Senate, Maine Senate, Minnesota House and both chambers in New Hampshire.

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Jonathan Perales, 22, arrived with his wife Heidy and their daughters ages 2 and 4. "A white lady", he said. One day earlier, Trump thanked Mexico for sending police and riot gear to the Mexico-Guatemala border.

That leaves the one place of true competition, the suburban voters, many of whom have long favoured Republicans but who staged a revolt against the President by voting for Democratic candidates. Current results have Democrats controlling 222 seats to the Republicans' 196, with 17 contests still undeclared, according to the Associated Press.

The president endorsed Nancy Pelosi to be the speaker of the House and said that the two parties are equally invested in delivering legislation on infrastructure, health care, prescription drug prices, and veterans affairs.

By Labor Day, Republicans were fatally unprepared for an onslaught of Democratic campaign spending that overwhelmed their candidates from South Florida to Seattle.

Control of the committees - where they are now the highest-ranking Democrats - will give them the power to demand documents and testimony from White House officials and important figures in Trump's campaign team and businesses, and to issue subpoenas if needed.

Trump's read of historical election tallies depends on the outcome of the outstanding outcomes in Mississippi, Arizona and Florida. Rashida Tlaib became the first Arab-American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives.

One of Trump's most vocal defenders on immigration, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, lost his bid for governor. In addition, any investigative action will also be countered with probes by the Republicans in the Senate, Trump warned. The story was now all about what comes next in Washington. Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives.

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Still, most of the sector remained lower as Canadians waited on lines for legal weed, with some complaining about the high prices. Marijuana may be legal in some states in the United States, but it is still prohibited federally .

Democrats running for Senate seats received some 12 million more votes than Republicans, but the structure of the U.S. political system - which allocates two Senate seats per state - means candidates in less populated states needed fewer votes to win. But a number of House Democratic candidates have said they won't support her for the top role.

Polls closing as voters pit Trump strength against resistance of Democrats