Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate. However, Goodstein believes that the relative silence over the alleged links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation will be broken again as soon as the Democrats take over the House.
Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. Left-leaning OH "populist" Democrat Sherrod Brown, thought initially to be vulnerable in a state that Trump carried by eight points, was quickly called the victor over Republican congressman and Trump buddy Jim Renacci soon after the polls closed.
Earlier in the day, Trump said during a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign that the media would treat the midterm results as a referendum on his presidency.
Despite his party losing the House, Trump wrote on Twitter, "Tremendous success tonight".
But the Democrats' push into President Trump country remained uncertain.
Most Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign's final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.
Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, who are both Democrats, will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.
"People who are embracing the President - embracing his policies - are doing well". "We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".
Democrats, whose very relevance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one chamber of Congress, were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP's monopoly in Washington and state governments.
The most recent record in voter turnout during congressional midterm elections, when the White House was not on the line, came in 1982, when 49 percent of the voting-age population showed up to vote, according to the US Census Bureau.
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But Trump is such an unusual politician who has made a career overturning conventions and expectations that it's possible he will defy ominous precedents.
In Virginia, political newcomer Jennifer Wexton defeated two-term GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock.
Mr Trump's party is projected to hold on to the upper chamber in Congress, where they now hold a slim 51-49 majority.
In Indiana, Republican Mike Braun knocked off Democratic Sen.
Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.
Nevertheless, a series of firsts across the country signaled voters accepted unconventional candidates in an unconventional time in American history, electing two Native Americans, two Muslim women, two Latina women in Texas and the nation's first openly gay governor. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.
Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.
Republicans do not have to defend as many vulnerable incumbents as Democrats in the midterms.
But Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat in a closely watched bid to dethrone Republican Ted Cruz in Texas, told voters that Trump was wrong, describing his state as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".
"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, Head Of Equity Derivatives Strategy At Weeden & Co, New York.