Democrats took control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, a victory that will transform a Republican-controlled chamber that supported and protected President Donald Trump into a legislative body ready to challenge and investigate him. He lauded his party for winning at least half the 10 seats they were defending in states Trump carried and preventing Republicans from capturing a filibuster-proof majority.
A fight over funding for the President's signature campaign trail promise of a wall along the US-Mexico border looms large when lawmakers return to Washington after the midterms and along with it, the threat of a partial government shutdown.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who advocates gun control, poured millions into House races for Democrats, offsetting the big-dollar spending to save Republicans by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Democrats also made inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters.
A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign's final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants hoping to seek asylum at the US border. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion. GOP Rep. Karen Handel scored a four-point victory in a fiercely-contested 2017 special election against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
"We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can't", Pelosi said. "Thank you to all!"
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In contrast, Democrats have largely maintained a almost unwavering focus on health care in their closing message to voters. The current session comprises 235 Republicans, 193 Democrats and seven vacant seats (five of which were last held by Republicans).
Whether they flip the House or not, Democrats are still expected to gain seats in the chamber, given the favorable political environment for Democrats.
Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate - the two bodies that make up Congress. Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 states.
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To stem Republican losses, Trump sprinted through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings about what Democratic power would mean for the nation.
Republican Mike Braun opened an early lead in the crucial Senate showdown in IN with incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, but the race was too close to call with just 20 per cent of the votes in. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke tipping toward Cruz, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL.
Around 37 percent of eligible voters took part in the 2014 mid-term elections, down from 42 percent in 2010.
Democrats turned out to register disapproval of Trump's divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries. Voter turnout in midterms is typically about two-thirds the level in presidential election years.
Republicans, as expected, also retained control of the Ohio Senate.
As for Republicans retaining control of the Senate, she called it "a huge moment and victory for the president".
The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.
In an interview with ABC on Monday, the president said he wished he had taken "a much softer tone" throughout his presidency.
Republican gains in the Senate are sure to bolster the party's efforts to ram conservative federal judges through confirmation proceedings during a lame duck session that starts next week, as well as next year. "His actions, his verbage, he's clearly the focal point", said Tim Phillips, president of the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, which has poured millions into certain races this cycle to help preserve the Republican majority.
Investors often favour Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda.
"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women who have run for office this year.