GOP Expands U.S. Senate Lead, Dems Take the House

11/7/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

Democrats, “journalists,” and pollsters were calling for a giant blue wave to swallow up the country on Tuesday night — the wave was a ripple at best.

Democrats were able to win the House of Representatives. As of early Wednesday morning, there are still many races across the country yet to be decided — including Maine’s own CD 2 race which will be decided by extra Ranked Choice Voting rounds. However, Democrats have already won 219 House seat. Either party only needs 218 for control of the House.

Yes, that means we’ll be seeing the gavel return to the shaky hands of Nancy Pelosi. And yes, there is little doubt now Democrats will use their new found powers to launch more witch hunts into bogus claims regarding President Donald Trump.

Democrat control of the House isn’t all bad news for the GOP. Two years of a Trump vs. Pelosi battle should enthuse Republicans across the country ahead of the 2020 elections.

And there is more good news for the Grand Old Party.

Democrats actually LOST seats in this supposed “blue wave.”

In fact, the Republican Party could be picking up as many as five new seats.

Here’s a breakdown of what happened in some of the most hotly contested Senate races.

  • Republican Mike Braun defeated Democrat incumbent Joe Donnelly in Indiana;
  • Republican Josh Hawley defeated Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill in Missouri;
  • Republican Kevin Cramer defeated Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota;
  • Republican Rick Scott leads Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson in Florida;
  • Republican Matt Rosendale leads Democrat incumbent Jon Tester in Montana;
  • Republican Martha McSally leads Democrat Krysten Sinema in Arizona’s open seat;
  • Republican Marsha Blackburn defeated Democrat Phil “Taylor Swift” Bredesen in Tennessee;
  • Republican Ted Cruz retained his seat against Democrat Beto O’Rourke in Texas;
  • Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated incumbent RINO Dean Heller in Nevada.

If the leads were to all stay the same, Republicans would hold a 55-45 advantage in the U.S. Senate.

Also, Mitt Romney is the new Senator from Utah — so, there’s that.

There will now be gridlock between the House and Senate that will prevent much America-first legislation from making it’s way to the President’s desk. However, this far more conservative U.S. Senate should provide President Trump cover on his remaining judicial appointments.