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USA: These are the winners and losers of the Midterms

West Virginia wins the only Democrat who has elected Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In the Bronx a Republican loses historic high. And Colorado now has a gay governor.

From Johanna Bruckner, New York

The Democrats have retaken the majority in the House of Representatives, and in the Senate the Republicans are clearly extending their lead: the midterms have produced winners and losers on both sides of the political spectrum. An overview.


Jared Polis, Democrat, Colorado

The midterms should become the choices of change. And in many ways it has happened. In Colorado, for example, one of the Mountain States in the West, history was written: With Democrat Jared Polis, for the first time ever in American history, an openly gay man was elected governor. Six-point advantage had the 43-year-old at the end of his Republican opponent. And that though – or just because? – Polis openly criticized one of President Donald Trump's most faithful henchmen. Alluding to the homophobic rhetoric of Vice President Mike Pence, Polis said: "Colorado has the opportunity to be a thorn in the side of the Vice President in the election. Pence's image of America is bordering on people who long ago belonged to America.

Jared Polis

(Photo: dpa)

Ted Cruz, Republican, Texas

Ted Cruz was the Republican hopeful: conservative, in a party of white old men comparatively young, smart and blessed with a flawless hair wave. In 2016, he applied as a Republican presidential candidate. It was to be the culmination of his political career – it was a shame. Trump moved into the White House. It is not ironical that Cruz, two years later, defended his Senate seat against a man who is, so to speak, his democratic counterpart. Minus gel hairstyle. Beto O'Rourke is regarded as unpretentious (his well-documented sweat spots are cited by his followers as evidence that here scats off one for the political cause) – and as a bearer of hope of his party. Cruz may seem familiar.

Ted Cruz

(Photo: REUTERS)

Joe Manchin, Democrat, West Virginia

Hardly any Republican candidate dared to protest too loudly in these midterm elections. And even some Democratic candidates agreed with Trump to increase his chances. Like Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia – the state in which Trump performed particularly well in 2016. Nearly 70 percent of the votes were won by the Republican here, more than in any other state. To defend his Senate seat, Manchin needed a little miracle. Or a favorable opportunity. This came as Trump sought supporters for an increasingly controversial personality: Brett Kavanaugh, whom the US president was determined to raise to serve as a Supreme Court judge. At the end of an unworthy political mud battle, Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for the controversial lawyer. In Washington, this caused horror, in his homeland it has probably secured the re-election.

Joe Manchin

(Photo: AP)

Kristi Noem, Republican, South Dakota

Presidential Daughter Ivanka Trump published a book last year that sounds like feminism. In fact, "Women Who Work" makes it clear that, of course, it is not enough for a woman to work. The rest of the female duties must also be fulfilled: kitchen, children, body care. It's quite possible that Kristi Noem read the book. In any case, it is exactly what conservatives imagine among a modern woman between children and careers. Between tweets, in which she praises Trump's tax reform, the 46-year-old scatters pictures of her children. "Warning … Mom post", is a post titled. The fact that Noem now provides for a small milestone in the women's movement, because it seems more by accident: She was the first woman elected governor of South Dakota.

Kristi Noem

(Photo: AP)

Deb Haaland, Democrat, Arizona

Deb Haaland has also made history: She is one of the first two representatives of the Native Americans, the natives of North America, enter the Congress. Haaland, who is currently sitting in the House of Representatives for the First District in New Mexico, wants to work hard to ensure that Native Americans get more say, especially on health care and the environment. The latter is particularly close to the heart of the 57-year-old: "The planet's future depends on us doing what we can now, instead of giving the richest $ 1.5 trillion in tax breaks, we should have invested in renewable energy infrastructure . " A challenge to the climate skeptic in the Oval Office.

U.S. Democratic Congressional candidate Deb Haaland hugs a supporter after winning her midterm election in Albuquerque

Deb Haaland

(Photo: REUTERS)


Stacey Abrams, Democrat, Georgia

Tuesday was a disappointment for black Georgia. Highly-traded Democrat Stacey Abrams lost to Republican Brian Kemp. She could have gone down in history as the first African-American governor. The 44-year-old did not want to admit her defeat for the time being: The counting of the votes is still running and it is too short to rule out a catch-up.

Stacey Abrams

(Photo: AP)

Barbara Comstock, Republican, Virginia

The "Me Too" debate has always been more of a social than a political issue in the US. The fact that just a Republican advocates that women in Congress better protected against sexual assault, may seem surprising at first glance. Finally, the President has often made it clear how little he thinks of the subject – and of women in general. So Barbara Comstock had to fear that she could harm her opposition to Trump (from whom she never made a secret, unlike colleagues). She did not hold that up. And indeed, she managed, as a Republican, to assemble a respectable female electorate. "If she survives in 2018, she could write a handbook on how to win Trump in the era," wrote Politico before the midterms. The book will not exist now – Comstock has lost significantly against their democratic counterpart.

Barbara Comstock

(Photo: AP)

Andrew Gillum, Democrat, Florida

House of Representatives? Senate? Of secondary importance in the Sunshine State. There, all eyes were on the race for the governorship. After all, the duel between Ron DeSantis (Republican) and Andrew Gillum (Democrat) was in some ways symbolic of the cultural struggle that is raging in America. On the one hand, the fervent Trump supporter DeSantis, 40 years old, who is not just in line with the president on climate change, which is so important for the coastal state of Florida. (In this case, exceptionally, do not be alarmist!) On the other side, the Bernie Sanders supporter Gillum, 39, mayor of Tallahassee, who is pursuing a progressive agenda. Gillum was the first African American candidate for governorship in Florida – in polls, he led last. All the more bitter now the defeat. "I'm really sorry that I could not bring home the victory for you," Gillum apologized to his followers. DeSantis also knew who to turn to: thanking the president for his support after his victory.

Andrew Gillum

(Photo: dpa)

Jason Gonzales, Republican, New York

There was not much to be learned about the Republican candidate in the Bronx district of New York before the election. Not even a photo of Jason Gonzales was found on the net. Possibly the Republicans simply saved the election campaign – after all, it was clear long before Tuesday that he would lose a huge amount. The Bronx, the region of the United States with the greatest demographic diversity and a still-infamous crime rate, is firmly in democratic hands. Nevertheless, Gonzales now enters the annals of these midterms. As a candidate, which lacked 92 percentage points to his democratic opponent: with less than 5000 votes he reached only about 4.0 percent of the vote, his Democratic opponent 96 percent.

Triumph of progressive women

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