WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans retained control of the Senate in elections Tuesday to unseat Democrats in Indiana and North Dakota, and gave a victory to President Trump to the ensure that they will remain as the guardians of their conservative agenda for two years more. Despite the divisive effect of Trump among voters, the Republican Party took his huge popularity among voters for right in rural States. They held seats in the South, the North-Central region and the West, and ensured at least one portion of 50-50 in the Senate, enough to give control to the Republicans since the Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, would define any tie. The Republicans opened a passage to victory defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. They also retained seats in Texas, where the Senator Ted Cruz managed to defeat representative Beto O’Rourke, a liberal with excellent financing, and in Tennessee, where it prevailed the representative Marsha Blackburn strongly played.
The Republican victory in the Senate takes a greater importance due to the fact that the Democrats have a good chance to wrest the Republicans control of the House of representatives.
That would give the Senate the role of block from democratic initiatives of the House of representatives in all aspects, from the health system up to a possible derogation from the tax cut to people of higher income than the party Republican enacted last year. That would also leave the Senate as the showcase for exposing the Republican objectives fiscal and budget, trade, immigration restrictions, judicial nominations, and opposition to the health law that President Barack Obama promulgated.
Beto O’Rourke, Democratic candidate for Texas Senate, at a polling place in El Paso, Texas, on November 6 in 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The Republicans began the day with a majority of just 51-49 Senate. But math were in his favor. Democrats and their two independent allies defended 26 seats, only nine of the Republicans. Blackburn, a conservative and fervent advocate of Trump, beat the former Governor of Tennessee Phil Bredesen, 74 years of age. Bredesen promised a bipartisan stance in case of being elected, and supported by pop music star, Taylor Swift won.
Heitkamp lost to Rep. Kevin Cramer, whom Trump persuaded to run for the Senate. Heitkamp was injured at the end of his campaign by an announcement that mistakenly names some victims of sexual abuse.
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