The Democratic Party has claimed one of its biggest scalps of the US midterm elections by taking a Senate seat in a previously Republican stronghold.
President Donald Trump has revelled in his party’s victories in the US Senate and mocked fellow Republicans who lost after not seeking his support.
Democrats seized the House majority from Republicans in midterm US elections but the “blue wave” did not reach the Senate where President Donald Trump’s party gained ground while some key state governorships remained in the red column.
Democrats have won a majority in the US House of Representatives, gaining the power to investigate President Donald Trump and help shape America’s political agenda for the next two years.
The Democrats were on track to gain House control but the Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency.
The Republicans have retained Senate control for two more years, shattering Democrats’ dreams of an anti-Trump wave sweeping them to a majority.
Both the Democrats and Republicans had reasons to be cheerful as the United States headed to the polls for the midterm elections. The Republicans maintained control of the Senate, while the House of Representatives looked as if it would come under Democrat control.
US president Donald Trump’s Republicans seized victory in Indiana’s high-profile Senate contest, defeating Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and making the Democrats’ narrow path to a Senate majority ever slimmer.
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The outrage of the Democratic resistance is facing off against the brute strength of president Donald Trump’s Republican party in a fight for control of Congress and statehouses across the nation.