US Mid-Term elections: How did America vote and what do the results mean for Donald Trump’s presidency?

By Lee Saunders

President Donald’s Republican Party lost control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats, but retained the Senate after a gripping Midterm election night.

Tuesday’s election gave American voters the first chance to judge Donald Trump’s Presidency since he beat Hillary Clinton to the post back in November 2016.

Unfortunately for Trump and the Republican’s, they lost in the election for control of the House of Representatives, one of the two chambers which make up congress. Out of the 435 seats available, the Democrats claimed 225, with Trump’s GOP picking up 197.

It is the first time the Democrats will hold the majority of seats in the lower house since 2010, and it will give them a greater chance now of blocking the President’s policies. Nancy Pelosi, who was the minority leader in the House, is now expected to become the Speaker.

The Republican’s will keep control, however, of the upper house of Congress, the Senate. There were only 35 seats available in the Senate, and it was always unlikely that the Democrats would take control of the chamber, as they had 26 seats to defend, compared to the Republican’s nine seats.

The Senate is the more powerful of the two chambers, and a two-thirds majority is needed in any Senate vote to win, making it as good as impossible for the Democrats to block any policies going through the chamber. So while the Democrats have made progress, the power is still very much in the hands of President Trump and the GOP.

One of the main stories of the election came out of Texas, where Republican candidate and controversial character Ted Cruz won his seat by just 2.6%, ahead of the Democrat’s Beto O’Rourke, who has been tipped to run for the Presidency in 2020. For the last 20 years the Republican’s have won every state-wide office in Texas, so such a narrow defeat will give the Democrats huge hope going into the 2020 elections.

The Democrats, who appear to have been in crisis in the last few years, will hope that this small take-back of control will be a turning point for the party ahead of the 2020 elections, when Donald Trump’s Presidency will be voted on, should he decide to run again, as he is expected.

Edited by Natacha V. Andueza Bosch

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