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Republicans lose control of House of Representatives

By Jay Jackson, US News
07 Nov 2018, 17:06 GMT+10

WASHINGTON DC – The Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives, following the bruising, hotly contested midterm elections which will also see the Republican party retain control of the Senate.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz appears to have fought off a strong, and expensive challenge from Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential nominee looks to have defeated Democrat Jenny Wilson to take the senate seat of retiring GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch.

For President Trump, his legislative program could face increased pressure, there could be pressure on him personally to release his tax returns, there could be questions over collusion with Russia, and even moves for impeachment.

At the time of writing it is unclear as to the definite margins of the victory in either side of the house, which is an indicator as to the divided state of the nation.

There was conjecture late Tuesday night as to whether Nancy Pelosi would return to the speakership, a role she held from 2007 to 2011.

In a late night tweet on Tuesday, President Donald Trump thanked ASmericans for what he described as a “tremendous success.”

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" the post said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later told reporters, “it's been a good night for Trump.”

Republican candidate Ron DeSantis is set to become the 46th governor in Florida after defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Republican Mike DeWine is likely to remain Ohio governor after defeating Democrat Richard Cordray.

In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has ended Republican Rick Snyder’s eight years in office.

435 seats were contested in House of Representatives in the midterm elections and 35 seats in the Senate.

 

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