US Midterms

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Republican US Senate candidate Rick Scott  with his daughter Alison at his midterm election night party in Naples, Florida, on November 6th. Mr Scott took 50.05 per cent of the recounted vote. Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters

Republicans look set to widen their majority in the US Senate after two Florida recounts – one by machine, one manual – confirmed that the state’s out(...)

Protesters  before a ballot recount in Lauderhill, Florida, US. Photograph: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

US president Donald Trump has called for the election recount in Florida to be abandoned and for Republican election candidates to be appointed, as he(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘The talk of a blue wave of Democratic voters was just that: talk.’

There is no dust settling after the US midterms. Within 24 hours of the elections, Donald Trump started clearing house and throwing tantrums. He fired(...)

  Author  Richard Ford: “Make no mistake. Donald J Trump and his band of political do-badders are a genuine menace.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Now may not be the ideal moment for a European to try to understand America’s woeful political plight, and its foreshadowing of a possibly dismal futu(...)

Democrat Ilhan Omar, an immigrant born in a Kenyan-Somali refugee camp, was elected. Photograph: Craig Lassig

The election of two Muslim women to the US House of Representatives as well as the Democratic Party’s success in taking back control of the chamber ha(...)

US president Donald Trump in a heated exchange with CNN journalist Jim Acosta, as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander looks on, during  a press  conference  in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

On Wednesday morning, as most journalists in Washington were waking bleary-eyed from the marathon midterm election count of the night before, the Whit(...)

 Stacey Abrams, the Demcratic candidae for governor of Georgia: “In a civilised nation, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere.” Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

The US midterm elections brought significant gains for Democrats, who retook the House of Representatives and snatched several governorships from the (...)

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN’s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference following Tuesday’s midterm US congressional elections. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta has been banned from the White House, after a tense interaction with US president Donald Trump at a p(...)

US president Donald Trump may be happy to use the Democrat-controlled House as a foil, blaming them for not allowing him to achieve campaign promises. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

For those looking for a decisive snapshot of the state of American politics in 2018, the results of the midterm elections are frustratingly inadequate(...)

US president Donald Trump with former attorney general Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony last year. File photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

A combative Donald Trump claimed “close to a complete victory” on Wednesday as Republicans expanded their Senate majority but lost the House of Repres(...)

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