Last Update 15:57
Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Republicans projected to hold US House; Senate likely too

AFP , Wednesday 9 Nov 2016
US Elections
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump react to early poll results during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8, 2016 (Photo: AFP)
Views: 1284
Views: 1284

Republicans will hold their majority in the US House of Representatives as expected, networks projected Tuesday, and appeared increasingly likely to maintain their grip on the Senate, where the battle for control is tighter.

With the US election in full swing, the party of populist presidential candidate Donald Trump was on track to take 235 seats to the Democrats' 200, according to NBC's House model.

That would be a 12-seat gain for Democrats, but still far short of what would be necessary to snatch the chamber back from Republican control.

By holding the House, Republicans secure a policy check on Hillary Clinton in the event she wins the presidency.

And, if Trump wins, it will be far easier for the chief executive to push through legislation.

The Senate, where 34 of the 100 seats are in play Tuesday, is also in Republican hands. It had been under far sharper threat of a Democratic takeover, but a strong showing by Trump at the top of the ballot appeared to be lifting the fortunes of several Republican incumbents whose re-elections are in jeopardy.

With that chamber currently 54 to 46 in the GOP's favor, Democrats need to gain five seats for a clean majority. But the New York Times forecast unit gave Democrats just a five percent chance of reaching that goal.

In the event the Senate is 50-50, control goes to the party that wins the White House, because the US vice president holds a deciding vote in the event of a tie.

Democrats claimed a quick pick up Tuesday in Illinois, where two-term congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost her legs when the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down there, defeated incumbent Senator Mark Kirk.

"Thank you for making me the next senator from Illinois," Duckworth said in a tweet. "This victory would not have been possible without your support."

But Republicans bolstered their chances to hold the upper chamber when three of the party's lawmakers fought off spirited challenges.

Senator Marco Rubio kept his seat in Florida, as did incumbent Richard Burr in North Carolina, while congressman Todd Young of Indiana denied a former senator, Evan Bayh, from reclaiming his old seat.

Rubio had been a rapidly rising GOP star until he challenged Trump for the Republican primary and got swept aside. He had said he would leave Congress, but changed his mind earlier this year and mounted a strong comeback.

In a victory speech before jubilant supporters in Miami, Rubio sought to soothe heated tempers and appeal to Americans of all stripes after a toxic 18-month presidential campaign overwhelmed by rhetoric, accusations of racism and xenophobia, and anger on both sides.

"While we can disagree on issues we cannot share a country where people hate each other because of their political affiliations," Rubio, 45, said.

"I hope that I and my colleagues as we return to work in Washington, DC can set a better example of how political discourse should exist in this country."

A handful of other Senate races with Republican incumbents, in states like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are considered tossups.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.