It was a comeback on schedule: in the former presidential presidential candidate for Utah, Mitt Romney had a quiet evening. While in other states of the Senate race, the winner is still not secure, he prevailed with 30 percentage points ahead of his Democratic competitors.
It was not surprising. After all, the most conservative state is a safe bank for Republicans. Still, Romney's choice was special. For the 71-year-old he has recently made headlines especially as a critic of the president – and then has sided against the course of some of the party's colleagues.
He criticized the media criticism of Donald Trump as a "defamation" that never existed in the history of presidents. Already in the primaries of the Republican presidential candidates in 2016, he led an anti-Trump movement.
The risk of becoming unpopular with voters has taken Romney into consideration. It is therefore one of the most important exceptions in the mid-term elections. Especially in the states where it was tight, the Trump was near discounted.
How Trump could benefit from the newly elected supporters and power relations in the Senate – the overview.
A senate of Trump's taste
The polls had a head-to-head race in Missouri and North Dakota. The Democrats had been important: they had to hold both of them for the chance to win the majority in the Senate.
He came in a different way. And perhaps that was also the strategy of the Republican candidates.
Josh Hawley and Kevin Cramer managed to get the mandates from the holders of the Democratic offices. Their strategy was similar: both were based on Trump's support in the electoral campaign. With success.
Incidentally, this simple tactic has also paid elsewhere, for example for Trump Ron DeSantis fan in Florida's government election.
According to the current count, Republicans can further expand their supremacy in the Senate. In this congress hall, criticism over the course of the president will probably remain limited in the future. Although Trump's opponent enters the room with Romney, he also loses this group with Bob Corker and Jeff Flake as two prominent politicians.
Despite the increase in power, it is a snapshot: the Democrats have had to defend many more seats in the Senate elections – 2020 is for Republicans significantly more at stake. So the leaf could turn again.
The developed power
So far, the Republican majority was thin with 51 to 49 seats in the Senate. This had caused the president's last problems, as in the case of the abrupt vote for the controversial candidate for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Senate must approve tasks such as those of judges, ministers and ambassadors of the Supreme Court. This should be much easier in the future and could have drastic consequences for decades, as evidenced by the example of the Supreme Court: the judges are appointed for life.
The US Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, also announced that he would use his party's preponderance to nominate as many federal judges as possible.
Faster than expected, the Senate will have to bow to a current personality: rumors circulate that Trump wants to get rid of the dishonored Minister of Justice, Jeff Sessions. Now, Trump has announced Wednesday that the sessions will leave his post. At the transnational level, his chief of staff Matthew G. Whitaker will take care of business.
The new question of guilt
Media, migrants, Democrats: Trump quickly finds himself guilty when developments do not suit him. Now comes a new variant: the House of Representatives.
There, the Democrats hold a majority in the future and can thus block many of the president's projects – especially when it comes to budgetary issues and thus the construction of the wall on the Mexican border. One of Trump's favorite topics.
The Republican will take every opportunity to make clear to his supporters that the Democrats want to prevent the implementation of his plans. In view of the presidential election of 2020, this is a welcome option in the electoral campaign.
In the end, however, Trump must also deal with critical questions. Democrats from the political center were able to obtain important mandates for the House of Representatives, for example in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. In these areas, Trump's tone is daunting.
Another stranger is: how will the mood change in the country if the economic boom – as predicted by economists – fades and unemployment rises again? So far Trump has not been faced with this situation.