- 民主党員（後出 Republican は共和党員、GOP (= Grand Old Party) は共和党の愛称）
- 下院（後出 Senate は上院）
- an outpouring of ～
- midterm election
- 中間選挙（後出 campaign は選挙運動、elect は選ぶ、election は当選）
- (be) split
- Capitol Hill
- 連邦議会議事堂（連邦議会 (Congress) のこと）
- run headlong into ～
- ugly rhetoric
- 移民（後出 refugee は難民）
Women Making Waves
The Democrats took back the House with a growth of new candidates and an outpouring of voter enthusiasm, breaking the GOP's monopoly on power in Washington and leaving the government divided. It also set the stage for a lot of investigations of U.S. President Donald Trump that could engulf his administration over the next two years.
The result of the midterm elections, held on Nov. 6, showed the public opinions were split in two. Democrats have 225 seats to the Republicans' 200 in the House as of Nov. 9. In the Senate, however, the tally is 51 to 46 in favor of the Republicans. With the Republicans keeping control of the Senate, the result in the House could mean gridlock for Trump's agenda on Capitol Hill. Any attempt to impeach Trump, however, is likely to run headlong into resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate.
The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of ugly rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.
The Democrats benefited from extraordinary voter enthusiasm, strong fundraising and fresh candidates. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by revulsion over Trump, who has repeatedly made discriminatory statements against women and Muslims.
Voters sent at least 99 women to the House, breaking the record of 84 now. Among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House and the first two Muslim-American women, one of whom is Minnesota's Ilhan Omar. The Somali-American, who was once a refugee, described her election as a "great opportunity."
Trump said at a news conference on Nov. 7 that losing a House majority could be beneficial to his agenda because Democrats will want to work with him. "I can see it being extremely good politically," he said. (Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)
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