Divided Congress: GOP Holds the Senate, Democrats Take the House

Sources:

Joseph Curl at The Daily Wire, 11-6-18

RNN Staff, at RNN, 11-7-18

Andrew Schwartz at Fox News, 11-7-18

(Note: I’ve pulled information from the above sources in efforts to present the shortest summary of last night’s election results.)

Democrats picked up more than 30 House seats, gaining control of the lower chamber for the first time since the party’s self-described “shellacking” in 2010. The vote – at least for the House – served as a rebuke to President Donald Trump, as more said their vote was intended to express opposition to Trump than support for him. Nancy Pelosi is once again poised to take the gavel as Speaker of the House. “Nobody is indispensable. But I do think that I am best qualified to take us into the future, protect the Affordable Care Act, to do our infrastructure bill and the rest. Stepping down this path, I know the ropes,” she said.

The battle for the Senate was largely fought in states Trump won in 2016 and where voters still have a favorable opinion of the president. Those tailwinds were critical for the GOP, which expanded on its majority in the upper chamber.

The top issues in voters’ minds this election were health care (26 percent) and immigration (23 percent). The economy placed third at 19 percent. Overall, more voters said it should be the government’s responsibility to provide health care for all Americans (58 percent) than said it should not (41 percent).

Senate races

  • In Texas, incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
  • In Missouri, Republican Josh Hawley defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
  • In Indiana, Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.
  • In North Dakota, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
  • In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn became the state’s first female senator by defeating former Gov. Phil Bredesen.
  • In Utah, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, won a Senate seat on the Republican ticket.

House races

  • In Oklahoma’s 5th District, Democrat Kendra Horn scored a major upset by defeating Republican Rep. Steve Russell.
  • In Virginia’s 10th District, Democrat Jennifer Wexton upset incumbent Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock.
  • In Virginia’s 7th District, Democrat Abigail Spanberger defeated Rep. David Brat, the incumbent.
  • In Florida’s 27th District, Democrat Donna Shalala flipped a seat that had belonged to outgoing Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
  • In New York’s 14th District, 29-year-old Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
  • In Connecticut’s 5th District, Democrat Jahana Hayes became the first black woman to represent the state in Congress.
  • Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim congresswomen after their victory’s in Minnesota’s 5th District and Michigan’s 13th District, respectively.
  • In New Mexico and Kansas, Democrats Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids will become the first two Native American women in Congress.
  • In Kentucky’s 6th District, Republican incumbent Andy Barr held off a fierce challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath.

Governors races

  • In a tight Florida race, Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum.
  • In a close Wisconsin race, Democrat Tony Evers defeated incumbent Republican Scott Walker.
  • Ohio elected Republican Mike DeWine over Democrat Richard Cordray in a hotly contested election for governor.
  • In Kansas, Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly defeated Kris Kobach, who was known for writing laws that took a hard line on immigration.
  • In Maine, Democrat Janet Mills became the state’s first female governor after defeating Republican Shawn Moody.
  • In South Dakota, Republican Rep. Kristi Noem became the state’s first female governor after defeating Democrat Billie Sutton.
  • In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor after defeating Republican Walker Stapleton.
  • In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer ended Republicans’ eight-year hold over the governor’s office.

A number of Republican incumbents, including Bill Lee in Tennessee, Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas, Greg Abbott in Texas, Doug Ducey of Arizona and Charlie Baker in Massachusetts cruised to re-election.

Democratic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania won re-election without difficulty in New York.

Midterm elections are often seen as referendums on the sitting president, and fully 63 percent said Trump was a factor to their vote this year. By an eleven-point margin, more said they voted to express opposition to Trump than support for him.

That tracks with views of Trump nationally, as a 54-45 percent majority disapproved of the job he is doing as president.

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While last night’s election wasn’t exactly a red wave, it wasn’t a blue one either.  We’re likely to see Nancy and her gang of crooks push for more investigation and work toward the impeachment of Trump, rather than focus on legislation. But considering what they want to do to this country, that might be a good thing. In other words, we’re looking at two more years of getting zero done in the House.

Fortunately the GOP held onto to the Senate and hopefully, Mitch McConnell has held on to that kick-butt attitude he had during the Kavanaugh fiasco.

A couple of my favorite moments from last night were when Peter Beinart of CNN said “Tonight Is feeling horrifyingly familiar.” and Jake Tapper said “When you look at what is going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave.”

~Kathy



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15 replies

  1. I think the GOP got a pretty good deal last night. The blue wave fizzled though they won the House. This will probably result in a lot of messy ‘investigations’ from the house that by 2020 EVERYONE will be so tired of…
    Meanwhile Trump and Mitchell will be placing judge after judge…And who knows which liberal SCOTUS judge will leave another seat. There are many options there!

    We’ll be OK!!!

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  2. Needless to say I was disappointed that Democrats took the House, but admittedly I’m not surprised as you can never underestimate the psychosis of the American electorate. I’m thankful that Ted Cruz won and Democrats wasted $69 million on Beto. I’m also happy that Florida defeated the leftist Andrew Gillum and Democrats wasted $52 million on him.

    Sadly my newly adopted state of Nevada went for the democrats. I blame it on Las Vegas. 😦

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    • I have a friend there in Las Vegas who shares your dismay for Nevada. She said she was irked that they elected an Attorney General who’s never even tried a case.

      I was talking with a friend in Missouri about Claire McCaskill getting beat, and she said that Josh Hawley was a job hopper and a ladder climber, so they were better off with McCaskill. If she’s right, then they just elected another RINO.

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      • We’re back to the age old question: Which is better, a Democrat or a RINO? Or should I say, which is worse?

        As bad as RINOs are, Democrats are virtually always worse. The one exception might be Joe Manchin, who I think I would have preferred over Jeff Flake or Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski. I heard recently that McCaskill – for all her moderate talk – voted with Schumer 80% of the time. She voted against Kavanaugh. Ladder climber or not it’s hard to imagine that Hawley could be worse than that, but time will tell.

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      • I just did a quick read on him at Wikipedia and he doesn’t sound so bad from what I saw, so my friend could have jumped the gun a little bit, plus we don’t always see things the same. Even if he is a RINO, at least we have a 50-50 chance with him that we didn’t have with McCaskill.

        I would also prefer Joe Manchin over Flake, etc. since he votes with the GOP about 60% of the time.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Hawley

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  3. It’s difficult to express how relieved I am that the idiotic, but silver-tongued socialist won’t be Florida’s next governor! Clean water and honorable living won, but by the smallest margin — I thought it should have been a huge margin because so many know our Cuban citizens fled here to escape socialism. Makes me wonder how good memories are.

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    • Liberalism seems to affect the memory. Congrats on defeating Andrew Gillum!!! Florida really dodged a bad situation there.

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      • CW, I agree that he would have been a very bad leader…. I was certain of that when I learned Soros was funding him and Obama was promoting him.

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      • As happy as I am for Florida I also think it was a win for the entire country because a governorship is so often a launching pad to the presidency. The leftists are busy trying to groom the next Barack Obama, and I’m sure they were rubbing their hands together at the prospect of Gillum or Beto O’Rourke getting into launching position. Between just those two races they spent about $120 million. You can bet the planners and schemers are deeply disappointed today, even with winning the House.

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    • That small margin tells us that liberals continue to support the very thing they run away from. Y’all saw it in Florida and we had the same small margin in the Cruz-Beto race, and it’s because we’ve been California’d. They too vote for the very thing they left CA for. If our governor Greg Abbott doesn’t stop inviting more businesses to move here, he’s going to be out of a job.

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      • Kathy, I watched the TX race closely because a good friend lives there. Ditto for the GA governor race. They all were way too close for my comfort!
        I’m scratching my head and wondering how I can convey the reality of socialism. The way I see it, young people are the ones that tend to espouse it, and that makes sense. IMHO, kids are natural socialists, particularly now, when few have jobs and/or build a work ethic. Many kids don’t even seem to have chores, yet get an allowance anyway. I’ve seen articles about parents evicting their 40-something year old deadbeat son, who was a father in his own right… In short, I’m thinking that to get anyone thinking straight about socialism is actually based in how people parent… Still working through my thoughts on this.
        Do you have any ideas on how these crazy ideas can be corrected?

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      • Agreed, much of the blame goes to bad parenting skills, but some it goes to liberal thinking. These kids were raised in liberal households and all the hear is liberal media. They know squat about what’s really going on because all they hear (and repeat) are lefty sound bytes. Until we can make that illegal, we’re stuck with them.

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      • Foguth just ask the kids if socialism is so great why do people have to be forced to do it?

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