Ultimately, the midterms resulted in a split Congress, according to CNN, NBC, and CBS, with the Republicans retaining control of the Senate and the Democrats taking back the House of Representatives, thereby creating potential hurdles for the Trump administration.
"President Trump has been eroding the foundations of our democracy", Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., the ranking mMember of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement released Wednesday.
A Democrat-controlled House will hamper Trump's pro-business agenda and could lead to uncertainty about his administration, but corporate tax cuts and deregulation measures that have played a large hand in the US stock market's rally since the 2016 election are likely to remain untouched.
For one, this is a midterm election, which heavily favors the older, whiter Republican electorate, as seen in the 2010 and 2014 results. "Those that did not, say goodbye!" he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
"Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he added.
Trump dissected the elections in a combative White House news conference that stretched to almost 90 minutes as he put a defiantly glossy sheen on the mixed midterm results and stressed his party's victories in the Senate.
The House majority will be narrow, and some tension surrounds its choice of a speaker and other officers.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who would be in line to become the next speaker, spoke of "a new day in America".
Republicans will still be in control of the US Senate in January, as they were able to hold their majority of seats in the election. "She has earned this great honor!" He claimed that Democrats - who made opposing him a centerpiece to their campaign - would, in fact, be eager to work with him on issues like infrastructure. Early returns show Republicans might lose the 8th Congressional District seat with Democrat Kim Schrier leading Republican Dino Rossi.
Republican already are sounding warnings about obstructive partisan abuses and threats, saying the Democrats will harass and try to immobilize the Trump administration in the guise of congressional investigations.
Consequently, that the Republicans lost the House to the Democrats could actually mean that Trump's final two years of term have just become severely limited.
Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on boosting Republicans in states he carried in 2016. In Georgia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who was also overseeing his own election tried dirty tricks out of the Tayyip Erdoğan handbook to keep Democrats from voting.
And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.
In the House, legislative committees have strong investigatory powers.
There were several stinging defeats for the Democrats, including Beto O'Rourke's failure to take Ted Cruz' Senate seat, even after record fundraising, and the president called the night a "tremendous success".
Senate Democrats elected Sen. And having fulfilled that function, this election is likely to fill Washington and many a state capital with rancor and wrangling for many months to come.
This was a midterm election in which both parties took some lumps, but could also take some satisfaction. Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends.
"He's got a ready-made explanation for why he can't get anything done in the next two years - and a pitch for what needs to change in the next election".
He is more popular in IN, where 53% of voters approved and 47% disapprove, according to the exit poll data.
Instead, healthcare, not immigration or the economy, emerged as the key issue for voters, which looks like a strength for the Democrats.
More than half of Florida voters, 51%, approve of the job Trump is doing as President, compared to 48% who do not.
"We're going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt, and I would blame them", Trump said at a news conference. Some others played outsized roles in their parties' campaigns, though not as candidates, and were reluctant to telegraph their 2020 intentions before the 2018 fight was decided. All three of these senators voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, prompting criticism from Republican voters in their respective states.
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