Donald Trump claims victory in midterms despite losing House control

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"But there is a lot of other stuff that is even more important and more interesting to voters". "It's not just that many of them are women or people of color - many of them are progressives who won their elections demanding Medicare for All [government-backed health insurance], demanding raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and making public colleges and universities tuition free". "Two can play that game!"

In another Tweet Wednesday morning, Trump issued a threat to Democrats, saying if they "think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we likewise will be forced to consider investigating them for all the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

Also among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House - Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico - and the first two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns.

Mr Nadler could also launch a probe into the Russian Federation meddling issue, preparing the ground for a possible impeachment motion against Mr Trump.

Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least.

The result confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms. Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

Tennessee gained the state's first woman in the Senate as Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen. No, seriously: If the Senate consisted exclusively of the states that elected senators yesterday, the Democrats would have a majority of legislators to match their majority of votes.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election. All of this adds up to a night of risky erosion for the Republican Party in the region of the United States with the two biggest states, California and Texas. 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.

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Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. 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.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 per cent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era. The loss of 26 seats in the House, meanwhile, is dwarfed by the 63 seats lost by President Barack Obama in 2010 and the 52 seats lost by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Instead, the wave turned into bubble and foam when, instead of simply holding their one-seat Senate majority, as nearly universally predicted, the GOP exceeded expectations, adding three new seats by the time the dust settled Wednesday in the vote tallying. In Missouri, Josh Hawley knocked off Democratic Sen.

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in high-tax New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped.

In suburban areas where key House races were decided, female voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.

"He is really angry at Ryan", one source said on "everything".

A total of 51 seats were won by the Republican party, 44 by the Democrats and two by other parties.

The newly elected Republican opposes Medicaid expansion; South Dakota is one of 19 states to refuse the expansion, which would cover more than 40,000 of the state's most vulnerable residents.

All 435 seats in the U.S. House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive.