When U.S. president Donald Trump was elected back in 2016, with his fellow Republicans also controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Democrats vowed to fix the mistake and regain some sort of control in the midterm election two years away.
In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer turned back Republican Bill Schuette in the contest to replace Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who could not run again due to term limits.
While Democrats made gains in some of the states that were part of the much vaunted "blue wall" in 2016, Trump is still in strong position in the swing states that gave him his electoral college victory.
'If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level, ' The president wrote Wednesday morning. Two 29-year-old Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer - are due to be the youngest women ever to win House seats.
Trump will have the opportunity to mount a defense in the proceedings, but his White House legal counsel may be stretched thin with Don McGahn set to leave and McGahn's replacement, Pat Cipollone, set to take on the Russian Federation probe. This means that Mitch McConnell will have a robust majority in 2019. "Those that did not, say goodbye!"
In his expected bravado, he declared victory for keeping the Senate in GOP control while ignoring his monumental losses in house races.
"Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he added.
But at a contentious White House news conference, Trump sparred with reporters over his assessment of the election.
Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to congratulate her on the Democratic takeover in the House.
"In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats", Trump tweeted. Incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) says Trump is "going to learn he's not above the law".
With the Republicans keeping control of the Senate, the outcome in the House could mean gridlock for Trump's agenda on Capitol Hill - or, conversely, it could open a new era of deal-making.
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President Trump praised the GOP for expanding its control of the Senate, through which his judicial nominees must travel, an issue critically important to conservatives.
The Democrats, in turn, benefited from extraordinary voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates. Democrats will be empowered to investigate a growing list of concerns about the Trump administration.
But the Democrats will also gain the power to subpoena the Trump administration to gain access to some of the president's most tightly held secrets.
Democrats lost governor's races in Florida and Iowa that party operatives were feeling bullish about. And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms.
Rather, she said, "It's about restoring constitutional checks and balances to the Trump administration".
Anticipating the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in recent days had laid out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations.
Aides set up televisions in the White House residence for Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their guests to watch election results come in, with the sets tuned to different cable news channels.
The Democratic Party will have a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since early 2011. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness.
According to an exit poll survey conducted by the Associated Press, healthcare and immigration were at the top of issues expressed by voters, and 64 percent of those surveyed revealed that Trump factored into their choice when casting their ballots.
Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign. Several television networks, including the president's favorite Fox News Channel, yanked a Trump campaign advertisement off the air on the eve of the election, determining that its portrayal of a murderous immigrant went too far.
"We should bring to the Senate floor legislation that would put restrictions on the ability of President Donald Trump to fire the Special Counsel".