Nov 14, 2018

"Election night" enters Week 2

Eight days after election night, Democrats are still holding out hope they can flip several seats from the House, Senate and gubernatorial races with margins of tenths of a percentage point between the winners and the losers.

Why it matters: Contrary to what President Trump said would be a measly House majority for the Democrats, they have 32 gained seats in the House, nine more than needed. And Republicans didn't pick up as many Senate seats as leaders had hoped.

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

What to watch: Nine House seats, two governorships and one Senate seat are still up for grabs. Once all the votes are counted, which could take weeks in some cases as absentees and provisional ballots are tallied, the Democrats could flip close to 40 House seats, per the AP.

  • In Florida, both the Senate and governor’s races will be recounted, with a focus in Broward County, where Republicans — including President Trump and Gov. Rick Scott — have accused Democrats of committing voter fraud without evidence. The recount has a Thursday deadline and the final tally will revert back to what was initially reported if missed.
  • In Georgia’s governor race, Democrat Stacey Abrams is holding out hope for a recount or even a runoff.
  • Democratic former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will face off in a Senate special election runoff in Mississippi on Nov. 27.

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House Democrats' drama on delivering Trump's impeachment articles

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Some House Democrats are pushing to delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate — a potentially powerful weapon that could delay President Trump's trial.

Why it matters: It's leverage to get Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to provisions, such as witnesses, that Senate Democrats want and McConnell initially rejected.

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"No decision made" by Pelosi on sending impeachment articles

Pelosi and Schumer at a news conference last year. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

When the House of Representatives returns to work Tuesday, don't expect an immediate announcement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

The latest: A leadership aide tells Axios no decision has been made and that it may be a couple of weeks before Democrats can understand the significance of new revelations about Ukraine-related information being withheld by the White House — and whether at least four Republican senators are concerned enough to join forces with Democrats and demand more disclosures as part of President Trump's trial.

Go deeperArrowJan 5, 2020

McConnell on Trump impeachment: "The Senate exists for moments like this"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke from the Senate floor on Thursday regarding the House's vote to impeach President Trump, saying that the Founding Fathers designed the chamber "to provide stability" and prevent an "unprecedented constitutional crisis."

The big picture: While McConnell didn't provide any new details regarding his plans for the Senate trial during his floor speech, he laid out his theory of the case on impeachment, indicating his belief that the House inquiry was rushed and circumvented constitutional safeguards designed to protect Trump.

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