Election Day winners and losers: What’s at stake as voters head to the polls
The midterm elections are shaping up as the ultimate grudge match of MAGA-backing supporters of President Trump and the #Resist movement aimed at stopping his every move.
Here are some of the figures with the most riding on Tuesday’s outcome.
He said he won’t be to blame if the GOP loses the House, but analysts say the election is indeed all about him. Voters are turning out to show support or opposition. And he has the most to lose should either chamber flip to Democrats, who will use control of committees to investigate the president and his Cabinet.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
The California Democrat has already led her party to a majority in 2006, becoming the first woman speaker in history. Now she has a shot at regaining that title though some in her own party say they’re ready for a new leader.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Analysts say the GOP is likely to remain in control of the Senate but what kind of Senate will Mr. McConnell be leading? Short of a miracle gain of nine seats, Republicans won’t have the 60 votes needed to overcome filibusters on legislation.
The 2020 Democratic presidential field
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernard Sanders, and a host of other Democrats and liberal leaders can be more open about their White House intentions.
The Democrat is bidding to become the country’s first African-American woman to win a governorship, and her race in Georgia could go to a runoff.
Sen. Lindsey Graham
The South Carolina Republican isn’t on the ballot, but he could be in line to be chairman of the Judiciary Committee if the GOP keeps control of the chamber. He’s already vowed a tough partisan posture, saying Democrats’ treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was a breaking point.
He’s heavily favored to win Utah’s open Senate seat. It’ll mark a return to office for a man who last served as governor of Massachusetts in 2007, then saw two GOP presidential bids go awry. Once seated, will he work with or against Mr. Trump?