Democrats seize US House in rebuke to Trump

Democrats capture House GOP holds Senate	 	 	 			Trump aims to upend convention again after midterm campaign of fear lies and defiance

"It´s about restoring the constitution´s checks and balances to the Trump administration", Pelosi told a news conference.

Democrats are now more likely to actively seek to stymy the president's agenda barring a dramatic and highly doubtful about-face by the president on his major policy goals.

The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. "These midterms are historically tough for a White House", said Republican strategist Scott Reed. Republican Ron DeSantis ousted Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum by less than one percentage point in a hotly contested race in Florida; Mike DeWine won the governorship in OH; and Republican Brian Kemp was ahead of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams by 1.6 points with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

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. Trump was badly underwater among women voters - who favor Democrats 62% to 35% - a gender gap, that if borne out by real votes, could prove devastating to Republican hopes.

Aides said the president was delighted at the projected victories by Republican Senate candidates he had campaigned for, such as Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rick Scott of Florida, Mike Braun of IN and Josh Hawley of Missouri, as well as Republican Brian Kemp's victory IN the Georgia governor's race. A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount.

What difference will the new Congress make?

Republicans gained a majority in the Senate two years later and held onto it by one seat in 2016.

They could now launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.

The Democrats could also more effectively block his legislative plans, notably his signature promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

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Democrats ended their eight year minority by picking off Republicans in urban and suburban swing districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. In addition, any investigative action will also be countered with probes by the Republicans in the Senate, Trump warned.

McConnell eschewed further attempts to get him to respond to heated presidential rhetoric, refusing to call the migrant caravan - still hundreds of miles from the southern USA border - a "crisis", as Trump did in high profile campaign rallies created to turn out the GOP base.

Who are the new faces in Congress?

Female candidates fared particularly well in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman. House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, who won re-election to her House District 48 seat with almost 80 percent of the vote, said Democrats believed they would hold 89 seats once the final tallies are in.

Many of them have made history- such as the first two Muslim American women elected to Congress, the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first woman senators for their states. Newcomers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist from NY, and Ayanna Pressley of MA will nearly certainly take the lead in pressing for a liberal agenda.

What's happening in governors' races?

He said the era of a state government that is in constant partisan gridlock or dysfunction because of a combative and often hostile governor was about to come to a close.

In Florida, a progressive Democrat conceded after an ugly battle against Trumpist conservative Ron DeSantis.

"At the end of the day, ME people don't care which party you identify with, they just want someone who is honest, believes in our state and vows to do what they say they'll do", Jackson said.

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