US: Political forces at a glance
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Political outlook: Political forces at a glance
The president, Donald Trump, is campaigning for a second four-year term in the November 2020 elections. Mr Trump's core support base, at about 40% of the electorate, has remained loyal during his first term. However, he faces greater obstacles to re-election than he did in 2016, as his divisive governing style has turned away some centrist voters, evidenced by a slight increase in his disapproval rating. The legislative branch of government, Congress, is bicameral. The Senate (the upper house) has 100 members (two per state), who serve six-year terms, with one-third elected every two years on a state-wide basis. The House of Representatives (the lower house) has 435 members, who each serve a two-year term and are elected from constituencies of broadly equal size. Partisan tensions have been particularly high since the Democratic Party secured control of the House in the 2018 mid-term elections and Republicans maintain a slim majority in the Senate.
Election results House Senate 2016 2018 2016 2018 Democratic Party 194 235 46 45 Republican Party 241 199 a 52 53 Independents 0 0 2 b 2 b Total 435 435 100 100 aSum does not reach 435 because North Carolina did not submit an election certificate for the Ninth U.S. Congressional District prior to the opening day of the 116th Congress. bBoth independents caucus with the Democrats.
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