Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

Donald Trump

The president's party will maintain control of the executive and judicial branches of the government, in addition to the Senate, but Democrats suddenly have a foothold that gives them subpoena power to probe deep into Trump's personal and professional missteps - and his long-withheld tax returns.

A Democrat-controlled House was expected to pursue anti-corruption and voter-rights legislation, and hold multiple investigations on controversial aspects of the Trump administration, not least being allegations of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

In the leadup to the election, Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House could slip away. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs.

But in some other toss-up races, the GOP managed to hold on.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, but the GOP's hold on power was further weakened by an unusually large number of retirements as well as infighting between conservatives and centrists over their allegiance to Trump. They included New Jersey Sen Cory Booker, California Sen Kamala Harris, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden.

In Florida, six House seats are in play, and there are close and crucial battles for a Senate seat and the governorship.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them.

The election served as a referendum of sorts on Trump's racially charged appeals and the strength of the coalition that powered him to the White House - a group he will need again in just two years. Next year they will have far more power in U.S. politics, and the Republicans far less.

Trump also dismissed the suggestion he could move to end Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian Federation to get him into the White House. "The president has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country". About 15 percent said that this was the first time they'd voted in a midterm, according to CNN, compared to about 10 percent who said they were first-time voters in the 2016 election. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

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Trump said there would be some changes in top administration jobs, though "nothing monumental".

"Nobody turns over a (tax) return when it's under audit", Mr Trump said during a news conference when asked about the returns.

Democrats claimed some high-profile victories, with former professional hockey player Colin Allred defeating Pete Sessions, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee and leading opponent of legalized marijuana, in suburban Dallas. Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998.

He had some kind words for Pelosi, who with her party capturing the majority of seats Tuesday stands to become the next Speaker of the House. "Every committee has oversight responsibility", Pelosi said. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

The Republican side of the aisle elected mostly white men. In both Senate and House races, Democrats have focused heavily on health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions.

"In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy", the Louisiana Republican told The Associated Press on the eve of Election Day.

Republicans who have controlled both houses of Congress since the Republican Trump assumed power in early 2017 have largely given him a pass, declining to hold hearings that might reflect badly on him or the officials he has appointed. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company.

But she added: "A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together because we have all had enough of division".

But historical precedent suggests that an aggressive strategy targeting the president may backfire come 2020. Sen. That helped in states where Senate races were conducted.

The campaign will be the most expensive midterm in history, projected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics to exceed $5 billion.

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