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138 CINEMONTAGE / Q4 2018 compiled by Jeff Burman E veryone saw it coming. Democrats, according to The Washington Post, "leveraged fury with President Trump" and won a majority in the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections. Of the 435 House seats, Democrats won 233, surpassing the 218 they needed to secure a majority. At press time, three seats were still too close to call. Voter participation was massive. More than 47 percent of eligible voters turned out, according to Camila Domonoske of National Public Radio. That surpasses voter turnout in the 1974 midterm elections after the Watergate scandal and represents the highest midterm turnout since 1966, when 49 percent of the population showed up to vote. A majority in the House of Representatives means that Democrats will set the body's legislative agenda and its members will take over as chairs of House Committees. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will be Speaker of the House. Donald Trump will now be held accountable. Democrats also gained seven seats in governors races, giving them control of 23 statehouses to Republicans' 27. Overall, the party won 50 percent of the vote, while Republicans won 48 percent. Democratic governors will help avoid Republican gerrymandering in the 2020 census redistricting. Pundits referred to a "repudiation" and "renunciation" of the Trump agenda. Many activists and Trump "resisters" participated in significant increases in voter turnout and elected a record number of women. According to the Associated Press, some 237 women ran for office and at least 100 were elected to House seats. Many considered the midterms a "split verdict." Democrats won a greater number of popular votes in national Senate tallies but ultimately lost ground. According to Aaron Blake in The Washington Post, LABOR MAT TERS Democrats Flip House, GOP Holds Senate Majority

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