US midterm elections 2018: Did Voters punish Donald Trump?

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US midterm elections 2018
US midterm elections 2018

US voters go to the polls on Tuesday to take part in midterm elections that will help define the remainder of President Donald Trump’s term in office.

In the House of Representatives, all 435 seats are up for grabs. Thirty-five seats in the Senate are up for election, as well as 39 governorships in 36 states and three US territories.

Trump’s Republican party currently has a majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, but failure to hold on to either could result in political deadlock for the US leader’s most ambitious policies.

At a time when US President Donald Trump is hardening his stance on immigration, there are 13 Indian-American candidates in the fray.

Of the 13, there are four Indian-Americans, all Democrats, seeking re-election to the House of Representatives in the US midterm elections 2018. Three are projected to retain their seats. Ro Khanna has taken a significant lead over his opponent Republican Ron Cohen in the 17th Congressional district of California. Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi is projected to win from the eighth Congressional district on Illinois, with a large margin against Republican Jitendra Diganvker. Pramila Jayapal is heading towards a landslide win in the Seventh Congressional District of Washington State against Republican Craig Keller, as reported in IndianExpress.

The first national elections since Trump captured the White House in a stunning 2016 upset will be a referendum on the polarizing Republican president and his hardline policies, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in Indiana on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats of “openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country.”

Democrats have stormed back to power in the US House of Representatives, a result that was widely feared by the Republicans who extended their slim Senate majority. The House and Senate going in opposite directions shatter Democrats’ dreams of an anti-Trump wave sweeping them into a total majority but it’s the best place Democrats have been in the last eight years that they haven’t held the House. This means two years of total misery for the White House aides in charge of firefighting.

“It’s depressing as hell”, White House insiders are saying after the suburban annihilation of Trumpism in the House elections. The House flip means leadership of every single committee in the House will change. First line of business will be to get their hands on Trump’s tax returns. Gridlock and partisan acrimony will rise, expalained FirstPost

All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, 35 US Senate seats and 36 governorships are up for grabs in elections focused on dozens of competitive races from coast to coast that opinion polls show could go either way. Reports LiveMint.