Ultimately, the midterms resulted in a split Congress, according to CNN, NBC, and CBS, with the Republicans retaining control of the Senate and the Democrats taking back the House of Representatives, thereby creating potential hurdles for the Trump administration. And in the Senate, the Democrats were facing the worst map in at least two decades, with a large proportion of their caucus up for re-election and those elections happening to take place in states Trump won.
He seized on scenes of a caravan of Central American migrants heading through Mexico for the United States, mused ending the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to all people born in the U.S. and ran a television advertisement, deemed too provocative to air by mainstream networks, linking Democrats to a criminal who was an undocumented immigrant. But not all the Democrats urging new leadership won election to the House.
Though votes are still being counted in 21 congressional districts, Democrats are projected to pick up more than 30 seats in the House, more than the 23 seats they needed to claim the majority.
"For Trump, though, losing the House - but getting Pelosi back as a target for 2020 - is a dream come true. But it may seem that way because we are coming off a two-year drought of no subpoenas", said Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Oversight subcommittee on government operations.
The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump's legislative programme.
"I thought it was very close to complete victory", Trump said, adding that he would "almost have to think about" whether he would have preferred Republicans to retain a slim majority in the House instead of their outright loss.
Curl said Pelosi is "a career politician who has already served 16 terms in the House, but some party leaders wish she'd go away".
Pelosi, meanwhile, is likely to face a challenge for the speakership from newer or younger members later this month. The final count is likely to leave Democrats with a narrow majority that could be hard to manage and preserve.
He noted Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said late past year it was time for Pelosi and other longtime party leaders to depart and let a new generation lead.
"There are a number of candidates that are having conversations that are talking about running", he said.
"I plan to shine a light on waste, fraud, and abuse in the Trump administration", Cummings said on Wednesday. Special counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on his obstruction of justice tactics and other crimes against the nation and its people, who said at the polls that they want a change.
More broadly, Democrats want to scrutinize the multiple ethics scandals involving administration officials, including most recently Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is under investigation for his travel and business ties. "That's nothing", Pelosi told the Chronicle. If any legislation is to pass from now on, the president will have to reach out to the Democrats.
The tax returns represent only one application of the new power afforded to Democrats.
A handful of more junior lawmakers are in the frame, as well.
"In stark contrast to the GOP Congress", Pelosi said Tuesday, "a Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness".
Those gains are sure to bolster Republicans' efforts to get conservative federal judges through confirmation proceedings during a "lame duck" session that starts next week, as well as from January when the new Congress convenes.
However, the Democrats will now head House committees that can investigate the president's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and possible links between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.
With Democrats now preparing for control of the House, still to be decided is if Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will return to her role as House speaker.
The victor of a majority of the votes cast gets the gavel.
Every seat in the House was up for grabs on Tuesday.
While embattled Democratic Senators Like Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of IN fell, Democrats picked up a seat IN Nevada as Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen defeated incumbent GOP Sen.
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