5 key takeaways from US midterm elections

5 key takeaways from US midterm elections

The tight battle for the Senate and the House of Representatives seats in the US midterms are almost over as the Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives while the Republications have tightened their grip on the Senate.

Here are five things you need to know about what happened in the 2018 midterm elections.

1. The power/ limit of prediction

In the build-up to the midterm elections, there were earlier predictions that Democrats would win the popular vote.

While some predictions about the outcome were close to accurate, the prediction about Democrats’ ‘clean sweep’ failed as the Republicans still maintained dominance in the Senate but lost the House of Reps to the Democrats.

2. Donald Trump, Republicans losing their grips on power but all is not lost

Though the results of the elections were a long way from a disaster for Republicans, there are strong indications that Democrats are gaining grounds; a looming trouble for Trump.

Once the new Congress is sworn in next year, the Democrats could use their new powers in the House to launch a barrage of investigations into President Trump and the White House.

However, the US president is still optimistic, saying on Twitter that the election is a ‘tremendous success’.

3. Democrats still have a long way to go

Two potential governors and one Senatorial candidate on the platforms of the Democrats lost.

In the Florida governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis.

In Georgia, ABC news reports that the best Democrat Stacey Abrams can hope for is to force a run-off against Republican Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial contest.

Although Beto O'Rourke gave Republican incumbent Ted Cruz a big scare in Texas, he failed to get the seat.

5 key takeaways from US midterm elections

American voters came out in force to cast their ballots in the election compared to the last midterms. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly

4. So many ‘firsts’ happened in the election

In Colorado, Jared Polis was elected as the first openly gay male governor

Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland emerged the first Native American women elected to Congress, in Kansas and New Mexico respectively.

Michigan and Minnesota Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress

And Michelle Lujan Grisham emerged the first Democratic Latina elected governor in the US in New Mexico

5. Massive turnouts

Us media reports the 2018 midterm elections witnessed a huge turnout as against the low turnout at the last midterm elections, with only 36.4% of eligible Americans turning out to vote.

President Trump was dealt a blow as Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, for the first time in eight years.

Their success will afford them the opportunity to thwart President Trump's agenda. The spotlight in the midterm elections was stolen by female candidates as a lot of them ran for office. Twenty-nine year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, is projected to become the youngest ever congresswoman.

The Democrats' success at the poll will afford them the opportunity to launch investigation into President Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.

READ ALSO: Ex-Somali refugee and Palestinian immigrant become first Muslim women in US Congress

Source: Yen

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