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NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Republicans cemented control of the Senate for two more years Tuesday and positioned themselves for a more conservative majority, with victories by candidates who aligned closely with President Trump. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, Indiana businessman Mike Braun, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, all staunch Trump allies, won seats held by Democrats. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), another Trump loyalist, defeated a popular former governor in Tennessee. The results held implications for coming battles over the federal judiciary, trade, health care, government spending and immigration. Trumps worldview is expected to be reflected strongly in those debates in the wake of Tuesdays elections. A minor loss of seats in the House, makes this a major victory for Republicans - no blue wave.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has transformed himself from one of Donald Trumps sharpest critics into one of his most devoted supporters, on Tuesday said the president has a lot to be proud of in terms of creating the enthusiasm in what Graham branded Trump states deep-red states that ousted Democratic incumbents in the Senate. Those states included North Dakota and Indiana.