Meanwhile the Democrats will satisfy their malevolent, puerile impulses with subpoenas, investigations, etc. A one way street to nowhere.
Disaster averted: Trump just third president in 100 years to gain Senate seats in midterm election while losing House seats
Success is a rarity. The president’s party has won seats in both the House and Senate just twice in the past century in a mid-term election: 2002 under George W. Bush and 1934 under Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The White House can take solace in the party’s gains in the Senate, but they were more likely the result of a unique map than anything the president did.
Democrats had to defend 26 Senate seats, including 10 in states that Trump won in 2016, some by very large margins.
Republicans had to defend just nine seats and only faced true competitive threats in a few, mainly Nevada, Arizona and, surprisingly, Texas, where incumbent Ted Cruz is unpopular. He eked out a small victory over a charismatic Democratic challenger.
Republicans picked up Senate seats in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota — all of which lean conservative or staunchly conservative. Only the race in Florida was nail-biter. The others were convincing wins.
Republicans appeared primed to hold on to a Senate seat in Arizona by the barest margins, but Montana was too close to call.
For now it looks like a pickup of three seats to give Republicans a comfortable 54-46 margin in the Senate. Even in the House, the Democratic majority is projected to be narrow.
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