Too close to call: USA federal, state elections still in flux

Alicia Cross
November 15, 2018

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is running to take over next year's shrunken caucus in closed-door elections that will set the tone for the new Congress.

Jordan - a conservative firebrand who has broad support from tea party leaders and co-founded the Freedom Caucus - announced his bid to replace outgoing Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) in July, in the event the Republicans were able to keep their majority in the House.

During a closed-door session with House Republicans, the California lawmaker took a decisive victory against Jordan, bringing in 159 votes to the OH representative's 43 votes.

"You always look in the mirror and see what you can do better, " Scalise said as he entered the room.

"I am 100% confident we can forge new leadership", Vela told CNN.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist Congresswoman-elect from NY, went to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office for the first time Tuesday to participate in a sit-in with environmental activists demanding a "green new deal" on climate change.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to win another term, but the most interesting race is for the No. 5 spot, where Republicans are poised to elect their first woman to leadership in nearly a decade, as they try to smooth the optics of a GOP side that's dominated by men.

"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now".

Last week, the North Carolina Democratic Party broke a Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, giving them real power over state governance for the first time since the 2010 elections.

McCarthy is now House majority leader.

The rest of the Republican lineup below McConnell is expected to shuffle slightly. Sen.

Ernst on Wednesday called her election to leadership "a great honor". Bill Nelson remains undecided. That warning came after stocks fell after reports that the administration would move forward with additional tariffs against China in early December if Trump doesn't make progress toward resolving its trade dispute during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

More importantly, he wanted them to win and deliver legislative victories for President Trump and the American people.

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But the friendly talk papers over the infighting between the GOP's conservative and moderate flanks as lawmakers dole out blame after the midterm election losses that handed House Democrats the majority.

Senate Democrats similarly backed Senator Chuck Schumer, retain his job as the Senate Minority Leader.

"We are inspired by the energy and activism of the many young activists and advocates leading the way on the climate crisis, which threatens the health, economic security and futures of all our communities", Pelosi said.

The survey finds a majority saying they trust the Democrats in Congress over Trump to deal with the major issues facing the country today, 55% to 38%, and that margin holds roughly steady across a range of critical issues, including health care (59% to 36%), immigration (58% to 39%), the Russian Federation investigation (58% to 33%), gun policy and taxes (both 54% for the Democrats to 39% for Trump), and the federal budget deficit (52% to 39%).

The contest between McCarthy and Jordan reflected the split between the GOP's conservative flank, whose numbers are bolstered after the election, and what remains of the centrists.

"We'll be back", McCarthy promised, claiming a unified front for the Republican leadership team.

Jordan's entire campaign was built on the premise, lawmakers said, that Republicans lost because they didn't "do what we said" - including on Trump's priorities to build the border wall with Mexico.

Jordan told reporters that he made a pitch to his colleagues at a sometimes-tense session in the Capitol basement based on three questions: "Why'd we lose, how do we get it back and what we're up against".

Jordan is favored to win a post as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, putting him a key position to defend the president in any of the committee Democrats' planned investigations in the next Congress.

Jordan sees that. Republicans, in this chugging economy, should've kept the House.

Among the 53 new Democrats, however, 34 of them of them (64%) are female, and 20 (37%) identify as people of colour.

Both houses of Congress are controlled by Trump's Republican party. Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer is running for vice chair of the conference.

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