DONALD Trump has hailed himself as “magic” after the Democratic “blue wave” failed to gain control of the US Senate in the crunch midterm elections.
But the US President will now likely face investigations into his finances and alleged links to Russia after the Democratic party seized control of the House of Representatives.
27President Trump has remained defiant despite losing the House calling the election a ‘tremendous success’
27The US President appeared pleased with the result which which could lead to probes into his finances and alleged links to Russia
Trump called the results a “tremendous success” before quoting economist Ben Stein who described the brash billionaire as “the magic man.”
The post read: “There’s only been 5 times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President has won seats in the Senate in the off year election.
“Mr. Trump has magic about him. This guy has magic coming out of his ears.”
Seizing the lower chamber of Congress for the first time in eight years, the Democrats are now expected to hit the US president with dozens of probes into his business dealings as they are set to take charge of investigative bodies the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees.
Trump’s domestic policies will likely be blocked for the next two years – including construction of the infamous border wall with Mexico.
But despite promises of a complete bloodbath for Trump and his Republican party, the so-called “blue wave” emerged as little more than a trickle as the party slowly crept towards the crucial 218 seats needed to take the House rather than storming it.
US MIDTERM ELECTIONS:
The Democratic party seized control of the US House of Representatives for the first time in eight years Donald Trump’s Republican party retained control of the US Senate – the upper chamber of Congress – stealing three more seats from their opponents With Democrats in charge of the lower chamber, Trump is bracing himself for probes into his finances and alleged links to Russia The billionaire’s domestic policies such as his proposed border wall with Mexico will likely be held in limbo for the next two years Trump has remained defiant calling the election a ‘tremendous success’ After seizing control of the House, two prominent Democrats said the party “probably will” demand the US leader release his tax returns
27An emboldened Trump posted a quote from economist Ben Stein referring to the US President as ‘the magic man’
27Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in high spirits as the midterm results come in
27Democrats in Orlando, Florida celebrate a historic night for the party
27Voters turn out in Arlington, Virginia. The number voting in the election is believed to be a midterm record
27Republicans in Des Moines, Iowa celebrate wildly following governor Kim Reynolds’ re-election
27A supporter of Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke appears to be asking for divine intervention following his failed bid to oust Ted Cruz in Texas
27Despite raising $38m in just a few months, O’Rourke was unable to unseat Senator Cruz
27Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer celebrates in Detroit, Michigan
And in news that has delighted the US president and his supporters, the Republicans actually managed to keep control of the Senate, gaining three seats from the Democrats as of 6am (GMT), with six states still to declare.
Despite losing control of the lower chamber, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that “the president’s agenda isn’t going to change regardless of whose party [controls the House].”
Within hours of it becoming clear the Democrats would seize control of the House of Representatives, talk turned to what the fallout would be for Trump himself.
Sharpening their knives for the president, Democratic representatives Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler declared they “probably will” demand to see the president’s tax returns now that the House in their hands.
“He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law,” Nadler reportedly told CNN.
The Democrat also refused to rule out eventually impeaching Trump but declared it “way too early” to have a plan on how to do it.
Donald Trump will now likely face probes into his finances and alleged links to Russia after the Democratic party seized control of the House. The Democrats will take charge of investigative bodies the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees which can look into the US President’s business dealings. Democratic representatives Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler declared they “probably will” demand to see the president’s tax returns. The billionaire became the first presidential candidate in decades to not release his tax returns during the 2016 race against Hillary Clinton. While the House can start the process, any impeachment trial would take place in the Senate which the Republicans firmly control.
27Supporters of Democratic Senator Bill Nelson celebrate in Orlando, Florida
27Democrats applaud as Nancy Pelosi speaks during an election watch party in Washington DC
27Governor Doug Ducey greets the GOP midterm elections watch party after being re-elected in Phoenix, Arizona
27Supporters of Ted Cruz hold signs at his midterm election night party in Houston, Texas
Meanwhile House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Americans have “had enough of division”, adding: “Tomorrow will be a new day in America.”
Despite the Democrats’ major victories in the House, the Republicans fared better than many expected in the Senate, taking seats from their rivals when many expected them to do well to just hold their ground.
The split magnifies the massive divisions in America, with urban areas overwhelmingly voting Democrat while rural districts largely backed Trump.
27Members of the press pack in Tallahassee, Florida deal with torrential rain
27Supporters of Republican governor Rick Scott await results of the vote in Naples, Florida
27A supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis waves signs at an event in Orlando
27Democratic congressional candidate Jahana Hayes celebrates in Waterbury, Connecticut
Trump had aggressively campaigned in the final days before the election, focusing on boosting Republicans in states that he carried in 2016.
Of the three races he targeted in the final day, the Republicans won all of them: Mike Braun defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Josh Hawley defeated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Attorney General Mike DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for Ohio governor.
But despite his success as kingmaker the result will heavy on his mind, with nearly 40 per cent of voters casting their ballots primarily to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast.
A further 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.
Trump himself spent election night watching returns with family and friends at the White House.
27Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a Democratic election-night party in Detroit, Michigan
27The Democrats are set to launch dozens of probes into President Trump after gaining control of the House
27Democratic Congressional candidate Deb Haaland watches news coverage of the election in Albuquerque, New Mexico
27There were neck and neck races between the Red and Blue candidates in some of the most competitive areas
27Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders smiles as the Democrats regained control of the House for the first time in eight years
In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map.
Democrats who picked up Republican-held seats included Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, in Florida.
In the Senate, where Democrats were defending seats in 10 states that Trump won in 2016, Republicans ousted four incumbent Democrats: Bill Nelson in Florida, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
But some of the campaign’s biggest Democratic stars lost.
27Fans of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, stand on horses outside an event in Atlanta, Georgia
27Republican voters in Naples, Florida cheer during a closely fought election night
27Democrat Ilhan Omar, who is campaigning for US House district 5, submits her ballot in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Despite wild excitement about his senate campaign in Texas, Beto O’Rourke’s fell short against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
In a speech celebrating his win from Houston, former presidential hopeful Cruz lauded locals for turning out “to defend Texas” and a “common sense agenda”.
Meanwhile Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida’s first black governor.
Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62 per cent to 34 per cent, up from 2014 when 54 per cent backed Democrats and 36 percent supported Republicans.
Hispanic voters favored Democratic House candidates by 33 percentage points – higher than the 18-percentage point gap that Democrats enjoyed in 2014, the poll found.
27A rainbow appears over Capitol Hill as the sun sets on midterm election day in Washington
Prior to the results emerging an election exit poll found that 56 per cent of American voters have said they believe the US is “on the wrong track”, with 55 per cent of voters disapproving of Trump’s performance.
Just 44 per cent of voters approve of the president’s performance so far, according to ABC.
The broadcaster said that 53 per cent of voters said they’d rather see the Democrats than the Republicans in control of the House after this election.
And 41 per cent of voters support impeaching the president and removing him from office, with 55 per cent opposed.
Earlier yesterday, voters experienced long lines at polling stations across the US – but problems with voting machines prevented some Americans from casting ballots in at least a dozen states.
However a Homeland Security official said the agency had received reports of “sparse” voting technology failures, but had so far had “no significant impact”.
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