Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized.
There's been a lot at stake in Tuesday's nationwide elections from control of Congress to governor's races in 36 states, and both sides were very energetic, fueled by their support or dislike for President Trump. Their hopes of reaching into Tennessee and even Texas to pick up seats crashed against stubborn realities.
Yet Trump and his Republican Party will boast of an expanded Senate majority.
Nancy Pelosi has been serving as the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives since 2011.
Discussion about the possibility of impeaching the President is also likely to grow louder in a Democratic-controlled House, despite the fact that Democratic congressional leaders have tried to tamp down on speculation that the party might pursue impeachment - at least at this point. They ran up the score among voters with college degrees and flipped seats in historically Republican suburbs of cities like Richmond, Chicago and Denver. And even though Harvey says none of the candidates particularly excite her, she is planning on voting for all the democratic nominees on the ballot. As of early Wednesday, the party was on track to capture the House of Representatives by a healthy margin, flipping more than 30 GOP-held seats and winning the total vote by about 9 percentage points. Texas elected two Latina congresswomen, Iowa sent its first two women to the House and MA elected its first black congresswoman. But it's also possible that Democrats will falter.
Despite Trump's deeply polarizing effect on voters, the GOP harnessed his rock-solid popularity with hard-right voters in rural, deep-red states.
Colorado voters elected Jared Polis, making him the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States.
But Mr. Trump isn't the only Republican in the executive branch with cause for concern - Democrats are also poised to launch or continue probes into Cabinet-level secretaries and federal agencies.
"Tonight, President Trump called Leader Mitch McConnell to congratulate him on the historic Senate gains".
Democratic senators went down in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, and others incumbents could yet suffer a similar fates in Florida and Montana.
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In a day full of meetings, President Kenyatta also held talks with Chinese investors eyeing opportunities at the Lamu Port. Lastly, he said that he will also impose strict restrictions on Chinese companies that abuse intellectual property rights.
Some hurt worse than others.
The California Democrat doesn't think Americans fully understand the significance of the speaker's job - which, after the vice president, is next in line to the White House.
Trump encouraged voters to view the 2018 midterms as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.
Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.
"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election. Voters agree. Two-thirds of those casting ballots said their vote was about Trump, according to preliminary exit polls posted by CNN.
He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.
If Special Counsel Robert Mueller files his report into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump 2016 presidential campaign in the coming days (weeks or months) and it contains damning information, that calculus could quickly change.
Kobach had built a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration policies and strict voter photo ID laws.
Trump's minions are counting on enthusiasm about core issues to trigger strong conservative voter turnout that preserves their majorities in Congress. In turn, Trump began trying out defensive arguments ahead of Election Day, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate. The president was a constant presence on the campaign trail in the last six months, but he rarely stopped by to help House Republicans - an illustration of how intensely unpopular he was in suburban districts across the country, and his decision to train his fire only on motivating hardline base voters to ensure he'd keep the Senate.