The truth behind the US midterm results: Trump’s success
Both sides of politics are claiming victory in the US midterm elections, with counting still underway.
President Donald Trump will retain control of the Senate while the Democrats will take over in the House of Representatives.
So, what do the results actually mean?
The Republicans had a two-seat majority in the Senate. They’re expected to increase that majority by three or four seats.
President Trump is just the sixth incumbent in 105 years to win Senate seats at the midterm elections.
House of Representatives
The Democrats needed to win 23 seats, out of 435 up for grabs, to take control of the House of Representatives.
Counting still going but it’s expected President Trump will lose about 34.
So how does this stack up historically?
Since World War II, the average loss of House seats at the midterms is 30.
President Harry Truman lost 54 seats in 1946
President Lyndon B. Johnson lost 47 seats in 1966
President Gerald Ford lost 48 seats in 1974
President Bill Clinton lost 54 seats in 1994
President Barrack Obama lost 63 seats in 2010
Both Clinton and Obama lost the Senate as well
Former assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande, tells Alan Jones the loss of the House will cause the Republicans issues but says keeping the Senate is a huge result.
“It’s exciting to see that the President did hold the Senate
“That will be crucial for him to be able to continue to confirm Judges, to have Cabinet appointments be able to go through.
“And it’s also going to provide a great firewall against the Democrats, who will gain control of the House.”
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US Correspondent Harley Carnes tells Alan Jones there’s no doubt it’s a success for President Trump.
“Barrack Obama crushed his own Party while he was President.
“His party lost 76 seats in the House of Representatives while he was president. Trump lost 34.
“There’s no comparison. It’s a victory in many ways.”
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Still in US politics, President Trump has fired his Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.
He submitted his resignation, at the request of the President.
Sessions fell out with Trump soon after becoming the country’s chief law enforcement officer, when he stepped aside from the investigation into potential links between the president’s campaign and Russia.