Democrats have finally managed to win back the House of Representatives for the First Time in 8 years. Taking control of the lower chamber of Congress will enable Democrats to thwart President Trump’s agenda.
The party in power historically tends to lose congressional seats during the first mid-term election of a new president, particularly if his national popularity rating is low. To put things into perspective, Barack Obama lost 63 in 2010 and Bill Clinton lost 52 in 1994, while Trump lost a reported 28 House seats.
Impact of the Elections
It won’t feel like the tidal wave many Democrats were hoping for but with control of the house, Dems could now launch investigations into Trump’s administration and business affairs, from tax returns to conflicts of interest. Arguably, the most important impact is the ability to effectively block Trump’s legislative plans, dooming his signature promise to build “the wall”. This puts some teeth in congressional oversight of the Trump administration.
A Night of Firsts
Female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.
- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have become the first two Muslim women to be elected to the US Congress.
- New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is projected to be the youngest ever congresswoman, at 29 years old.
- Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland from New Mexico will become the first Native American women elected to Congress.
- Ms Davids, a former cage-fighter, is also the first openly gay representative from Kansas.
- Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman.
- Republican Marsha Blackburn became Tennessee’s first woman senator, despite an endorsement for her male Democratic challenger from pop star Taylor Swift.