How the House was won: Democrats plundered Republican suburbs for votes

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And by combining this policy agenda with rigorous oversight of Trump and his administration by progressive Democrats like incoming Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler of NY and incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland-both of whom are prepared to navigate an accountability moment that could see Robert Mueller's inquiry open up a serious debate about impeachment-Democrats can outmaneuver Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Both Republicans and Democrats know the importance of winning the state - no GOP nominee has won the presidency without also winning Florida in nearly a century.

But is this similar to the "shellacking" that Democrats got during the Obama administration's first midterms vote in 2010? No.

Pelosi is a "smart woman", Trump said during a almost 90-minute press conference at the White House, and someone with whom he hopes to engage in "beautiful bipartisanship" and deal-making.

He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health.

Trump's advisers say the president will try to keep the special counsel's findings from public release by arguing the materials are too sensitive or subject to executive privilege, and they say Justice Department appointees will fight Democratic subpoenas.

But the first order of business for the House Democratic Caucus is to nominate a speaker. While exit polls are typically conducted in person on the big day, she said interviewers increasingly go to polling stations to capture early voter opinions and call up respondents to follow up over the phone.

On congressional action for the rest of the year, he said he could not imagine taking up immigration and acknowledged that the Democratic House and Republican Senate were likely to go their separate ways when it comes to the legislative agenda.

In a news conference shortly after Trump spoke, Pelosi said Democrats will have a "responsibility for oversight" when they take charge in the House in January, but she said committee requests for documents or hearings won't be "scattershot".

It is from this perspective that the results look like something less than the "tremendous success" Trump boasted about on Twitter.

In recent midterm elections when presidents faced a backlash from voters, the president accepted their brushback. Mr Trump tweeted late Tuesday after staying quiet for much of election night. "I really realized that we have to start locally and build back up, because we can not wait for the rhetoric to come from the top down". "I'm talking about changing the map".

But Mr Trump could arguably benefit from open war with the House. That's the Trump we've all come to know and...tolerate. That message resonated with voters, who elected 9 out of 11 candidates Trump campaigned for, according to his own tally.

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Later it was Democrats and a substantial blue wall of states that seemed to give them the edge in presidential races. But the president warned that he will respond in kind and the government will suffer. Davis needs provisional, overseas and military ballots to wipe out a Tomlinson lead of 100 votes, or she will return to the House, where she also ran and was re-elected on Tuesday. "The Democrats are the party of rigid ideology and total conformity". She's a formidable fund-raiser and delivered the electoral victory Democrats needed, they point out.

Republicans netted three Senate seats on Tuesday, with Arizona and Montana still yet to be called. When they asked how the Trump Organization arrived at the $151,470 in profits it paid back to the Treasury for foreign stays at his hotels, they got silence.

Texas is set to send its first Hispanic women to Congress, as Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both won their races.

Some moderate Democrats urged restraint more broadly, saying the focus should be on governing.

GOP candidates also won races for attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer.

Pelosi's allies are projecting confidence about her chances, pointing out that no one has formally emerged to challenge her for the speaker's gavel.

More on the mid-terms: 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.

Supporters of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrate her midterm victory.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

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