Democrats Win Back Control of House, Republicans retain control of the Senate

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. He fielded questions from reporters about his comments on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and white supremacists. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

United states Democrats have taken back control of the House of Representatives but not won a majority in the Senate in the mid-term elections.

Tuesday’s election was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. Female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

The expectation is that Democrats will bring a new level of oversight and investigation of the Trump administration, but many of the candidates ran on issues like healthcare and immigration.

The Democrats now have the numbers to veto Mr Trump’s proposed laws in the House and launch a string of damaging investigations into his administration through the committees they will control.

The Republicans no longer hold both wings of the US Congress, the Democratic victory also means the potential return of Nancy Pelosi to the speakership, a post she held until the party lost a majority in 2010.

“Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America,” Pelosi said at a victory event in Washington, adding that the election was about restoring “checks and balances” to government.

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