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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. Trump’s worldview is expected to be reflected strongly in those debates in the wake of Tuesday’s 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 Trump’s 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.

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