Democrats retake the House, setting up divided government

For context, Trump told repoters that during President Barack Obama's first midterm election that the Democrat's party lost Senate seats, including in MA.

Democrats have called for investigations of Cabinet officials' alleged misuse of taxpayer funds, Trump's immigration policies that have separated hundreds of migrant children from their parents at the U.S.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term.

"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.

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

In Colorado, another purple state, Democrats maintained their hold on the governor's mansion and picked up a suburban House seat.

Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.

She shocked many, including herself, last spring when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic congressional primary.

"They're under audit, they have been for a long time, they're extremely complex, people wouldn't understand them", Trump said about the tax records during a post-election news conference. Democrats also won in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota: states Trump won by large margins in 2016.

But he did way better than then-President Barack Obama in his first midterm election.

"Indeed it is a good morning for Senate Republicans", the Kentucky Republicans told reporters. "I'm not sure that I should be happy or sad but I feel just fine about it". He called CNN's Jim Acosta, with whom he has frequently spared, "a rude, awful person". We impeached President Clinton. He singled out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for praise, but didn't answer specifically when asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' fate.

Media captionThe BBC's Anthony Zurcher explains what losing the House means for Donald Trump's presidency. Trump called the investigation "a disgrace", saying it "should never have been started, because there is no crime".

Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump added: "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

Gains in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were offset by mixed results in OH and GOP dominance in electoral powerhouse Florida. China says it handles all trademark applications equally, but House committees could probe whether Beijing can exploit the Trump family's substantial intellectual property holdings in China to its political or diplomatic advantage.

Mr Trump, who was both combative and conciliatory at different times during the press conference, said Democrats and Republicans should set aside partisanship to work together.

Alongside all 435 House seats and a third of the Senate on the ballot on Tuesday were 36 gubernatorial races.

Mr Trump aggressively pushed back. After eight years in the US House, she was one of the rare high-profile Republican women seeking a promotion in a campaign year defined more by the enthusiasm of Democratic women and the proliferation of Democratic female candidates.

The Republicans are on course to increase their representation from 51 to 54 in the 100-seat Senate upper chamber. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs. The basic premise is that when government is unified, members of Congress are more likely to vote with the president rather than adhere to its constitutional role of checking presidential power. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year.

At 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.

  • Leroy Wright