What 2018 elections could tell us about the 2020 presidential map


Shortly after deservedly taking credit for numerous key Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump effectively endorsed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for speaker of the House of Representatives.

Democrats won control of the House in Tuesday's elections, but Republicans retained a majority in the Senate.

In Wednesday's news conference, Mr Trump extended an olive branch to Democrats, proposing both parties work together on joint legislative priorities. It was a role reversal from just days ago, when he warned voters of her "radical" agenda.

It is sure that the Democrats - who have been pilloried by Mr Trump in the most extreme terms during the election campaign - will take their opportunity to hit back.

Trump, he said, is a "total opportunist" with "no political ideology" - the kind of politician whose thirst for adulation might, under certain circumstances, lead to his signing, or even championing, just about anything. Many younger House Democrats, including some of the newly elected, have pledged to vote against her. They are reluctant to shout the name "Pelosi" when the cameras zoom in during the first roll call of Congress, fearful of the attack ads that will be launched against them. We want to do something on healthcare, they want to do something on healthcare.

The two have reasons to cooperate.

What does Tuesday's outcome mean for the 2020 presidential election? She has said that when she takes that panel's gavel, it will be "payback time" for Wall Street, banks and insurance companies.

To get this hard task right, Democrats must recognize why the voters engineered a transfer of power that has marginalized noxious partisans like Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, and empowered watchdogs like the man who will take the gavel from him: veteran prosecutor Adam Schiff.

The area's white and vastly rural profile outside Cincinnati is part of what is expected to keep OH from springing back easily for Democrats, Hamilton County Republican Chairman Alex Triantafilou said.

Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump added: "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

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But a measure of how much bigger the overall Democratic House majority could have been is that about two dozen Republicans who won or were leading had similarly narrow margins of five points or fewer. They are projecting a majority of at least 110-93 after defeating Cambria County Rep. Bryan Barbin and winning a Clinton County district held most recently by retiring Democratic Whip Mike Hanna. "Donald Trump may not like hearing it, but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable". Each is poised to move up a slot.

Republicans point to comments like those from Democrat Maxine Waters of California, a favorite Trump target of ridicule, who is likely to head the Financial Services Committee.

Democrats won seats in places like Oklahoma and SC on Tuesday night in addition to their expected victories in suburban districts around urban centers. "Ya es tiempo de un cambio!" he echoed his statement in Spanish.

The House also has critical influence over many other issues and policies.

Both candidacies are a direct affront to Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, who is in line to become the whip.

Three others announced their runs for assistant leader, the new No. 4 post, including Rep.

So far, though, no one has mounted a serious direct challenge to Pelosi, and some are reluctant to take on the first female speaker after an election that brought a record number of women to the polls and to the House.

The tweet, ending with a cheerful "thank you to all" was pure Trump. Now we want to say goodbye'? Davis needs provisional, overseas and military ballots to wipe out a Tomlinson lead of 100 votes, or she will return to the House, where she also ran and was re-elected on Tuesday. Six of them, including Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania and Jason Crow of Colorado, said they would call for new leadership in Congress if they were elected, adding to a growing faction of members who oppose Pelosi's speakership bid.

Democrats are already preparing an emergency scenario in case President Donald Trump tries to purge the Department of Justice and shut down the special counsel probe.

"The one issue that leader Pelosi and I discussed this morning where there could be a possible bipartisan agreement would be something on infrastructure, but there could be a lot of other things". Many Democrats felt her testimony was sufficient evidence to consider Kavanaugh guilty of the accusations, and refused to confirm him.