But first, Trump planned to hold a news conference to tout ‘our success in the Midterms,’ he said in one tweet, after slamming the ‘FAKE NEWS!’ in another for downplaying his ‘Big Victory last night.’
‘Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to work and get things done!’ he tweeted.
President Donald Trump said he was looking forward to getting ‘back to work’ on Wednesday now that the mid-term elections are over and suggested his first order of business would be trade
He began Wednesday morning after a long night of watching returns slapping down Democrats chomping at the big to investigate him. He then trolled prospective House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a tweet claiming Republicans would deliver the votes to elevate her to the post.
Trump hailed his own ‘very Big Win’ on election night – blasting the media and Republicans veered away from him even as newly-empowered House Democrats vowed to probe his administration and his finances.
He declared victory after Republicans were able to pick off some Senate Democrats who were desperately trying to hold in Republican states. But it was the House takeover that was poised to upend the balance of power in Washington.
Trump was set to give a news conference to address the new political landscape. Even as he tweeted, votes were still being counted in a Montana Senate race where Trump had been determined to knock off Democrat Jon Tester.
They were also coming in in Arizona as a hard-fought race over an open seat continued. Florida was in recount territory, with Gov. Rick Scott, who campaigned closely with Trump, holding an edge but Democrat Bill Nelson not yet conceding.
‘Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!’ Trump wrote Wednesday.
As the final ballots were counted early Wednesday, Democrats were projected to take 229 seats in the House, easily topping the 218 needed for a majority and having flipped 26 targets along the way.
But in the Senate it was a different story. With only a third of the 100 seats up for election, Republicans were predicted to increase their current 51-seat majority to 54, with the Democrats on 46.
‘I want to thank the president. He was extremely helpful to us in states where he is in excellent shape,’ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said at a news conference. ‘He worked very hard and brought out crowds. He clearly had an impact. ‘
There were also 36 of 50 governor’s seats up for election on Tuesday, with the picture equally mixed. Some top Democrat targets such as Florida and Maryland fell to Republicans, but they chalked up wins in Michigan, Kansas and Illinois. In Georgia, Democrat hopeful Stacey Abrams was refusing to concede on Wednesday morning.
In the Montana seat, former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, a resident of the state, told CNN that with the outstanding vote that exists, Tester would pull out a win.
In the hard-fought Georgia race, Republican Brian Kemp had 50.5 per cent of the vote, with 100 per cent of precincts reporting. That put him in a position to turn back Stacey Abrams fight to become the first black female governor in the nation, although the race was on the cusp of a recount.
Trump tweeted Tuesday night that he considered
‘Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!’ the president tweeted, masking the inevitable anxieties that will come along with a split Congress led, in part, by political enemies who want him leashed or publicly humiliated.
Democrats who stand to return next year as chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees are already sharpening their pens and preparing to drag Trump through his own swamp.
‘We probably will’ seek Trump’s tax returns, said Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler.
As Tuesday headed to Wednesday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House, ‘I don’t know that there will be much of an appetite, Kristen, all across this country, in some of these Democratic districts among constituents for their members to be spending all of their time….investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people.’
Nadler said it was ‘way too early’ to talk about impeaching Trump, but wouldn’t rule it out depending on the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s expansive Russia probe.
‘He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law,’ he said, according to CNN.
Adam Schiiff, the California Democrat who is expected to chair the House Intelligence Committee, said that Congress would resume it’s oversight role over the executive branch.
‘We’re certainly going to look at the work that we were able to do. We’re going to look at the work that the GOP obstructed on our committee, and it was really worse than abdicating the responsibility of the committee,’ he said.
Schiff said his agenda will depend on what the special counsel report says.
‘At the time when we formally take control of the House, that won’t be until January, and we’ll have to see what Bob Mueller has been able to do and what Bob Mueller’s been able to say, either via indictment or via report, and that will also guide what we intend to do in our committee.’
Democrats will control the House for the first time in eight years, giving them the ability to deeply complicate the next two years of Trump’s presidency with investigations, subpoenas and even an impeachment proceeding.
Nancy Pelosi, the 78-year-old former House speaker from California, could return to that role in January, although 58 Democratic incumbents have said they want a fresh face and younger blood to lead them.
President Donald Trump tweeted ‘Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!’ after a Tuesday bloodbath that saw his party booted out of leadership in the House of Representatives
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has swept her party back into power in the House of Representatives
Trump faces a referendum on his first two years in office and could end up on the receiving end of new investigations and even an impeachment proceeding with Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives
Pelosi, the 78-year-old former House speaker from California, could return to that role in January, although 58 Democratic incumbents have said they want a fresh face and younger blood to lead them
Pelosi’s communications director tweeted that the president phoned her right after she delivered a victory speech, acknowledging her ‘call for bipartisanship’
ALL THE FLIPPED HOUSE SEATS
Virginia 2nd: Democrat Elaine Luria beat incumbent Republican Scott Taylor
Virginia 7th: Democrat Abigail Spanberger beat incumbent Republican Dave Brat
Virginia 10th: Democrat Jennifer Wexton beat incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock
Florida 26th: Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell beat Republican Carlos Curbelo
Florida 27th: Democrat Donna Shalala, beat Republican Maria Elvira Salazar
New Jersey 11th: Democrat Mikie Sherrill beat Republican Jay Webber
New Jersey 7th: Democrat Tom Malinowski beat incumbent Republican Leonard Lance
New Jersey 2nd: Democrat Jeff Van Drew beat Republican Seth Grossman
New York 11th: Democrat Max Rose defeated Republican Dan Donovan
New York 19th: Democrat Antonio Delgado beat incumbent Republican John Faso
Pennsylvania 5th: Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon beat Republican Pearl Kim
Pennsylvania 6th: Democrat Chrissy Houlahan beat Republican Greg McCauley
Pennsylvania 7th: Democrat Susan Wild defeated Republican Marty Nothstein
Minnesota 2nd: Democrat Angie Craig beat incumbent Republican Jason Lewis
Minnesota 3rd: Democrat Dean Phillips beat incumbent Republican Erik Paulsen
Kansas 3rd: Democrat Sharice Davids beat incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder
Colorado 6th: Democrat Jason Crow beat incumbent Republican Mike Coffman.
Texas 32nd: Democrat Colin Allred beat incumbent Republican Pete Sessions.
Oklahoma 5th: Democrat Kendra Horn beat Republican Steve Russell
Arizona 2nd: Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick beat Republican Lea Marquez Peterson
Iowa 1st: Democrat Abby Finkenauer beat incumbent Republican Rod Blum.
Iowa 3rd: Democrat Cindy Axne beat Republican incumbent David Young
Illinois 14th: Democrat Lauren Underwood beat Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren
Illinois’ 6: Democrat Sean Casten beat Republican incumbent Peter Roskam
Pennsylvania 14: Republican Guy Reschenthaler beat Democrat Bibiana Boerio
Pelosi, currently the House minority leader, proclaimed that the victory was ‘about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration.’
‘Americans can have confidence in everything their Congress works on, from healthcare to taxes to guns to clean air, clean water for our children, when they know the people’s interest will prevail, not the dark special interests,’ she said, pledging ‘accountability’ and ‘transparency.’
‘We have all had enough of division,’ she declared, unmistakably jabbing a rhetorical finger in the direction of the White House.
Trump called her minutes later, according to her communications director, who tweeted that the president ‘acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks.’
The White House confirmed that he also called Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring from Congress.
The president spent much of Tuesday tweeting and retweeting endorsements of Republicans in tight House races, most of whose districts he hasn’t visited since winning the White House.
The last such praise-by-Twitter went to Illinois congressman Randy Hultgren, whom Trump said was ‘doing a great job. Get out and Vote for Randy – Total Endorsement!’
Hultgren lost his seat hours later to an African-American nurse who will be the first woman and the first minority to represent the district once held by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
By the time the president’s election-watch party at the White House was over, he had come to grips with reality – but ended the night on Twitter anyway.
Trump quoted Fox News host David Asman saying that Republicans who won would ‘realize how important he is because of what he did in campaigning for them. They owe him their political career.’
‘Thanks, I agree!’ the president added.
Separately he tweeted conservative economist-turned-actor Ben Stein saying that Trump had pulled off a miracle by increasing his party’s Senate majority.
‘There’s only been 5 times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President has won seats in the Senate in the off year election. Mr. Trump has magic about him. This guy has magic coming out of his ears. He is an astonishing vote getter & campaigner,’ Stein said in Trump’s tweet
‘The Republicans are unbelievably lucky to have him and I’m just awed at how well they’ve done. It’s all the Trump magic – Trump is the magic man. Incredible, he’s got the entire media against him, attacking him every day, and he pulls out these enormous wins.’
Still, control of the House will switch hands in January for the third time in 12 years, representing a level of volatility that the United States hasn’t seen since World War II.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that ‘the president’s agenda isn’t going to change regardless of whose party is there.’
But Democrats will find themselves empowered to launch probes into voting-rights matters and questions about whether Trump has violated the Constitution’s ‘Emoluments Clause’ that prohibits presidents from receiving income from foreign governments.
Security clearances in the Trump White House could also come under close examination, along with prescription drug prices, family separations along the U.S.-Mexico border, gun control and insurance coverage for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
Trump himself has no public events on his Wednesday calendar, leaving the nation with few options other than his Twitter feed to discern how he will handle the new normal.
Democrats needed a shift of 23 House seats to claim the gavel. Most forecasters considered that outcome likely but not guaranteed. By midnight they had flipped 26.
Trump ended the night tweeting his agreement with a Fox News Channel host who had sais victorious Republicans ‘owe him their political career’
Trump also quoted conservative economist-turned-actor Ben Stein saying that he ‘has magic coming out of his ears’ and praising him for enlarging the GOP’s Senate majority even as they lost the House
With Trump as president, the nation’s off-year political contest took on the character of the World Series instead of the sleepy minor-league affairs they usually are.
At stake was the future of the populist political movement that sent him to Washington. He hoped a win for Republicans would quiet his critics inside the GOP and embolden him for at least two more years of pro-business, ‘America First’ governing that’s hawkish on trade and uncompromising toward illegal immigration.
But a Democrat-led House is likely to cripple his legislative agenda and bring the wheels of government to a halt as his political enemies launch investigations into allegations of election-year collusion with Russia and a growing list of other scandal-ready material.
It could also prompt him to veto legislation that emerges from a split Congress, something he hasn’t had to do so far.
Republicans kept their majority in the Senate on Tuesday, however, as Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota Democrats were bounced from the upper chamber of Congress, a Texas Republican withstood a tough challenge and a liberal former governor endorsed by pop star Taylor Swift failed to capture a seat vacated by a retiring Republican.
Senate results came fast and furious, dashing Democrats’ hopes of assembling a majority that could block Preisdent Donald Trump’s future judicial and Cabinet nominees.
Indiana businessman Mike Braun defeated the incumbent Joe Donnelly, the first GOP pickup of the night; minutes later Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was declared the winner of her Senate contest in Tennessee, defeating Phil Bredesen for a seat currently held by Sen. Bob Corker.
Corker was Trump-skeptic on foreign policy; Blackburn is a strong ally of the president, who campaigned for her in person over the weekend.
Mitt Romney is also headed to the Senate. The frequent Trump antagonist won easily in Utah, replacing a Trump-friendly Orrin Hatch who is retiring.
Democrats held on to Bob Menendez’s Seate seat in New Jersey, Joe Manchin’s in West Virginia and Sherrod Brown’s in Ohio. But losing Donnelly moved the GOP’s advantage from one seat to two, making it harder to overtake as the night wore on.
Florida’s statewide races, including a Senate and gubernatorial contest, could stretch into weeks-long recounts.
Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was losing to Republican Rick Scott, currently the state’s governor, by just 0.8 per cent, with 97 per cent of voting precincts counted.
Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis led Tallahassee Mayor Andrew by 1.2 per cent in the race to succeed Scott as governor. Gillum hopes to become the first African-American to hold that job. The contest is shaping up to be the most expensive governor’s race in U.S. history.
Other governor’s races were newsworthy for different reasons. In Colorado, voters elected Jared Polis, the first openly gay man to lead a U.S. state.
But in Vermont, a blue state that has repeatedly re-elected democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, transgender Democrat Christine Hallquist failed to unseat Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
Voting in some parts of the U.S. will continue until well after midnight on the east coast in the midterm elections. The results could take days to sort out in some tight races and the impacts will be felt for years.
As polls closed one time zone at a time in what politicians on the left and right have called ‘the most important election’ in most Americans’ lives, they drew first blood by knocking off a Republican congresswoman in suburban Virginia and sending a Bill Clinton-era cabinet member back to Washington.
FIRST BLOOD: Republican Rep. Barbara comstock (right) was bounced from her job by upstart Democrat Jennifer Wexton (left) in Tuesday’s midterm congressional election, the first of what liberals hope is a night full of flips and reversals
Back to Washington: Donna Shalala was the Health and Human Services secretary during the Bill Clinton presidency, and she won a House seat Tuesday as part of a strong night for Democrats
People at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee election watch party at the Hyatt Regency in Washington reacted to news that Republicans have lost control of the House of Representatives
Good news for Republicans: Mike Braun beat Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, a pickup for the GOP that they need in order to retain control of the upper chamber of Congress
Republican Kevin Cramer unseated Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Tuesday, making it tougher to imagine President Trump losing the support of the upper chamber of Congress
Florida gubernatorial Democratic candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (left) lost a historic battle against Republican Ron DeSantis, who is currently a member of Congress
Florida governor and Republican senatorial candidate Rick Scott (right) beat incumbent Democraitc Sen. Bill Nelson (left) Tuesday night
But the larger prize, a blue-wave handing control of the U.S. Congress to President Donald Trump’s liberal detractors, was still a long way from being wished into reality.
GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock failed to fendoff political newcomer Jennifer Wexton, losing the seat in Congress she has held for just two terms.
Wexton and other Demorcats managed to brand Comstock ‘Trumpstock,’ linking her with parts of the president’s agenda that have grown unpopular in the left-trending suburbs of Washington, D.C.
A Republican has represented voters in Virginia’s affluent 10th Congressional District for 60 of the last 66 years. But the Democrat-heavy base in the suburbs surrounding the ultimate government-run ‘company town’ – Washington, D.C. – has expanded in recent election cycles, devouring previously safe GOP territory year after year.
Democrats got their second win of the night in Florida, where former President Bill Clinton’s Health and Human Services secretary, Donna Shalala, won a House race that was considered a coin flip on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday’s crucial contests are a referendum on the first two years of Trump’s presidency and will determine how much – or how little – help he will have in Congress during the rest of his first term.
In exit polling published by
A 53-43 majority of voters told pollsters after casting their ballots that they would prefer to see Democrats control the House when the next Congress is seated in January.
Exit polls failed to predict the results of many key elections in 2016, including the presidency, as voters appeared to tell surveyors one thing while doing another.
‘Warning: exit polls are like online dating profiles,’ Robby Mook, who managed Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, tweeted Tuesday. ‘Things may not be as they appear. And they may break your heart.’
The famed polling organization has put that question to Americans 11 times since 1946. Its results had never failed to predict the outcome before Tuesday.
Voters filled in their midterm election ballots on Tuesday at Mockingbird Vally Soccer club in Louisville, Kentucky
Democrat Stacey Abrams of Georgia would be America’s first black female state governor if she defeats Republican Brian Kemp in Tuesday’s election, buoyed by help from Will Ferrll, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama
Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a House seat in New York’s 14th congressional district, making her the youngest woman ever to win a seat, after defeating a ten-term incumbent with an unapologetic message of socialism during the primary season
Every seat in the House of Representatives was up for grabs on Tuesday, along with 35 of the 100 Senate seats. Voters also decided on 36 races for state governors.
Among them is a contest pitting Democrat Stacy Abrams against Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia’s governor. Abrams, buoyed by support from Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama, would be the first black female state governor in American history if she wins.
In Kansas, Republicans took a tough loss when Kris Kobach, the state’s secretary of state and a tight Trump ally, lost his bid for governor of the firmly red state to Democrat Laura Kelly.
Critical Senate races featured familiar faces like the victorious fire-breathing conservative Republican Ted Cruz of Texas, and also new faces like his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke.
And New Yorkers sent 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, to the House of Representatives – making her the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress.
Democrats aimed to take over both the House and Senate in what pundits called a ‘blue wave.’ President Trump watched the results in the White House while the nation he leads considered whether to put a leash on him.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reminded the press corps after the first polls closed that Trump had spoken at 30 political rallies in the past two months alone,’energiz[ing] a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds.’
The president hopes to continue ‘defying midterm history and protecting the GOP’s majorities,’ she said.
Voters in Midlothian, Virginia waited in a long voting line in the rain outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School
In the Senate a swing of just two seats would cost Republicans their gavel. But the realities of America’s electoral map make it a harder task than flipping the House.
Democrats are defending 26 of the 35 contested Senate seats. Ten of those are in states Trump won by wide margins in 2016.
Of the nine Republican incumbents trying to save their jobs, just four are considered ‘safe.’
The first two winners of the evening were liberals in their own easy-layup elections. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were both expected to gallop to new six-year terms, and did.
Indiana’s Senate race is one that Trump considers a critical pickup opportunity; he traveled there twice in the past week. Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is a particularly vulnerable incumbent in a state that gave Trump a 19-point victory over Clinton two years ago.
Donnelly sought to position himself as a centrist, having reached Congress by defeating tea party-backed Republican Richard Mourdoch.
Republican businessman Mike Braun has torn into Donnelly at every opportunity, and the president used his Twitter account to follow suit.
Tennessee’s Senate race is a different picture, with Republican Bob Corker’s retirement presenting Democrats with a chance to steal a seat and Republicans putting up a Trump favorite in Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
The president campaigned for Blackburn, who served on his transition team. She had a five-point advantage over her Democratic opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, heading into Tuesday’s election, according to the average calculated by
Early voting among young people is a wildcard, though, since pop star Taylor Swift offered Bredesen her endorsement. Nearly 100,000 young people, a nearly seven-fold increase from the last midterm in 2014, have already voted, according to
The most expensive Senate race was a bitter Texas battle that saw conservative Republican Sen. Ted Cruz beat his challenger, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Cruz led in the polls for weeks, but O’Rourke gave him enough of a political scare that he campaigned like a man who was afraid he might lose, holding 50 rallies in the past six weeks and bringing in his former 2016 rival Donald Trump.
O’Rourke,a two-term congressman from the Texas-Mexico border region, exploded onto the national scene with his extensive use of social media and a record-setting $38 million raised in the third quarter, giving him a war chest presidential candidates would envy.
He could easily become a 2020 presidential contender, something he denies interests him.
If the Senate should go ‘blue,’ Trump would lose the practical ability to appoint more federal judges – including Supreme Court nominees – and replacements for cabinet members who are likely to walk away after two years in office.
Should Democrats win control of both chambers of Congress, an impeachment mood would sweep Washington, forcing the White House to play constant defense until 2020.
And that would be happening against a cultural backdrop framed by a series of voter initiatives – single-issue questions forced onto ballots through petitions or other exercises in more direct democracy.
The president hinted on Monday that he senses the possibility of a quiet voter revolt that pollsters can’t measure, similar to the one that sent him to Washington two years ago.
He said at allthree of his final campaign day’s rallies that Republicans might shock the world again no matter what the political press corps predicts.
‘There is something going on, Ohio, that they’re not talking about,’ he said in Cleveland after greeting about 6,000 people in a sea of red hats.
‘There’s an electricity like people have not seen since a date in 2016. November,’ Trump said, adding later that ‘we defied the pundits and the critics. We rejected them.’
Progressive momentum? Jared Polis, Democratic candidate for Colorado’s governorship, appeears headed to be the first openly gay man to hold that job
He also took credit for the resurgence of the midterm elections as a media phenomenon.
‘You know the midterm elections used to be, like, boring, didn’t they?’ he asked his screaming fans. ‘Do you even remember what they were? People say midterms, they say, “What is that? What is it?” right? Now it’s like the hottest thing.’
Trump threw his weight behind efforts to hold the Senate, engaging in a whirlwind series of rallies that saw him stumping in 11 cities over five straight days.
His late efforts might be wasted in portions of 37 states and the District of Columbia, however, where voters can cast their ballots early.
At least 36 million Americans voted before Election Day, many of them before the president engaged at full-throttle.
Trump downplayed that Monday in Ohio, suggesting that it won’t be any more of a factor than it was in 2016.
‘I remember they said, “Well, the people are sort of holding for Tuesday”,’ he said, recalling his victory two years ago. ‘And did you show up on Tuesday!’
The president’s job approval rating ranges from 42 to 51 per cent nationally, and polls show an even wider swing in voters’ party preference going into Tuesday’s contests.
A CNN poll released Monday morning had Democrats leading Republicans by 13 percentage points when voters were asked which party’s candidate they were likely to support in a congressional race.