Early results in the U.S. midterm elections show Democrats inching towards majority control of the 435 member House as Republicans were clinging to delicate majorities in the Senate Tuesday night as an anxious nation watched whether voters would reward or reject the GOP in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.
Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House.
Trump on Monday admitted the GOP could lose control of the House.
But it remains to be seen whether Democrats' rage will amount to the so-called "blue wave" they've anticipated for almost two years, or whether it's even enough to gain the 23 seats needed to eke out a Democratic majority in the House.
The newly empowered House Democrats will have the ability to investigate Trump's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation.
"Dealing a major setback to President Trump's legislative agenda".
The Republican Party retained the control of the US Senate as the vote count for the US Midterm Elections 2018 continued.
And Rep. Adam Schiff, slated to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to probe alleged Trump campaign-Russia collusion.
"We're seeing the ramifications of Democrats on these committees who have this kind of power", Melber said.
Democrats have had mixed success in districts that backed former President Barack Obama and flipped to backing Trump.
Trump called Rep. Nancy Pelosi and noted her pitch for bipartisanship in her remarks, her office tweeted.
Knowing that House Democrats will not approve funding for a wall along the USA border, for example, will not keep Trump from continuing to make it an issue.
While Sanders suggested Trump could blow off Pelosi in the wake of the midterms, she noted that the president is willing to work with whatever party ultimately ends up in power.
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The editors of Sabato's Crystal BallKyle Kondik and Larry J. Sabato wrote, "We have long cautioned against assuming the House was a done deal for the Democrats, and we don't think readers should be stunned if things go haywire for Democrats tomorrow night".
At stake are all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate.
The GOP also got major wins in toss-up governors races in states like Florida and OH, though Democrats did manage to pick up wins in a number of states like IL and MI.
Republicans retained control of the Senate on Tuesday, ousting Democratic incumbents in IN and North Dakota and handing President Donald Trump a triumph by ensuring they will remain as guardians of his conservative agenda for two more years.
Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.
Sen. Ted Cruz won a narrow re-election victory in red Texas against Democrat challenger Beto O'Rourke. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor. Democrats who picked up Republican-held seats included Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, in Florida. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is projected to keep his seat there, but Republican Mike DeWine holds a lead over Democrat Richard Cordray there. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL.
She said: "When Democrats win and we will win tonight, we will have a Congress that is open, transparent and accountable to American people".
The results mark a rebuke of President Trump, whose visage dominated the midterms, though Republicans' better-than-expected Senate showing negated some of that. That's the banner headline of the evening: Democrats take House.
Democrats were gaining significant ground in the battle for House control Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.
US President Donald Trump.
But he also said he will continue his more fiscally conservative polices, like holding the line on taxes and state spending.
Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.
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. "You see Americans come out and unanimously say they're proud of this president and what he has done in the two years".