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- Riding a powerful “blue wave” of backlash to President Donald
Trump, Democrats were projected on Tuesday night to take control
of the House of Representatives in the midterm
- Tuesday night’s results mark a comeback for the Democratic
Party, which last held control of the House in 2010.
- Democrats beat Republican incumbents with an energized and
expanded voter base fueled by the anti-Trump resistance movement.
- Democrats also ran the most diverse slate of candidates for
the House in US history.
Riding a powerful “blue wave” of backlash to President Donald
Trump, Democrats were projected to take control of the House of
Representatives on Tuesday night in the midterm
elections after eight years in the minority — a major blow to
Trump’s power in Washington.
Just after 10 p.m. ET, multiple media outlets projected that
Democrats had flipped a dozen red seats in all corners of the
country, including in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and
Tuesday night’s results mark a comeback for the Democratic Party,
which last held control of the House in 2010, and will
fundamentally shift the balance of power in Washington.
Flipping seats in every corner of the country, Democrats beat
Republican incumbents with an energized and expanded voter base
fueled by the anti-Trump resistance movement. A surge in
millennial and black voters, coupled with a deep gender gap,
helped propel Democrats to victory in dramatically different
And Democrats ran the most diverse slate of candidates for the
House in US history. Women and people of color made up
nearly 60% of Democratic House candidates.
Enthusiasm for Tuesday’s elections — exhibited in huge voter
turnout — reached levels unprecedented in modern history with 28
states far exceeding (and some doubling) 2014 midterm
The future of the ‘resistance’ in the House
has promised that they will move forward with investigations
into the president’s alleged wrongdoing while simultaneously
pursuing possible bipartisan solutions on issues including
infrastructure, gun safety, prescription drug prices, and a
path to citizenship for DREAMers — undocumented immigrants who
came to the US as children.
Democrats also say they’ll focus on promoting stricter
regulations on ethics and campaign finance — areas where Trump
has been widely criticized.
Rep. Jim McGovern, the Massachusetts Democrat poised to
chair the Rules Committee,
said last month that House Democrats will seek to “restore
some integrity” to Congress.
The party also plans to focus a significant amount of
reopening the House Intelligence Committee’s now-shuttered
investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election
and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to
tilt the race in his favor.
Other Democratic policy priorities include improving the
Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and addressing
Pelosi said in late October that Democrats would push to bring
back a select committee on climate change — the
Democrats’ last such committee was shut down by Republicans when
they took power in 2011.