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US elections reveal badly divided nation

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US elections reveal badly divided nation

By David W. Virtue

A nationwide election that many believed was the most important in recent U.S. history, revealed a divided America with Democrats taking back the House of Representatives and Republicans retaining control of the senate.

By their win Democrats are set to exert a major institutional check on President Donald Trump, while breaking the Republican monopoly on power and ushering in a younger, more female and more racially diverse political generation.

The GOP solidified their Senate majority after a bitter midterm election that enshrined America’s deep divides and shaped a highly contentious battleground for the stirring 2020 presidential race.

The voting revealed a political and cultural gulf among diverse and affluent liberals living in big cities and their suburbs and the mostly, white, working class and rural conservative bloc of voters for whom Trump remains an iconic figure, reported CNN

In his first reaction to a mixed night, Trump chose to celebrate Republican successes even though the loss of the House meant his record of busting political convention could not defy the traditional first-term midterm curse faced by many of his predecessors.

Trump tweeted, “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”

Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi have promised constraints on trump’s power which the GOP never attempted. For the first time, Trump now faces real pushback to his policies on immigration as well as Medicare and Social Security cutbacks.

Pelosi, the former House speaker who will lead again, (though she could face challenges) pledged that the new majority would work to rein in the White House as well as to improve health care, lower the cost of drugs and protect millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans. It is about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi said.

There were a number of close races but in the end, the Democrats prevailed with 219 seats to the Republicans 193. While all the Senate seats have yet to be fully counted the Republicans easily won 51 to 45, capturing three more than last time.

“It may not be a blue wave, it’s a rainbow wave,” said CNN political commentator Van Jones.