US Midterms: A tale of two chambers

With the final results pouring in the US Midterms look be a tale of two chambers.

The Democrats took control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010, and Republicans held the Senate, results which were celebrated on both sides.

At 1:27 am US time Donald Trump posted a quote from conservative economist and actor Ben Stein, who lauded the President as “the magic man”.

He said: “There’s only been five 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 his ears. He is an astonishing vote-getter, an astonishing campaigner. Republicans are unbelievably lucky to have him, and I’m just awed at how well they’ve done.”

But the Democrats will feel they have been handed a way to fight back. Having gained control of the House they have a way of holding President Trump and his administration to account.

They are likely to subject him to more scrutiny and we could see gridlock if his policies fail to pass in the lower chamber.

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a victory party in Washington that “tomorrow will be a new day in America”. But with the Republicans equally upbeat, it is hard to tell who the real victors were as the night’s results tell a mixed tale of two chambers.


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