The midterms show Trump might not get re-elected in 2020

Perspectives Greg Valliere

Perspectives Greg Valliere

The Republicans' control of the Senate is arguably more significant, says the BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Washington, because Mr Trump focused his campaigning on Senate races, and candidates he backed clearly benefited.

President Donald Trump celebrated the midterm elections as a "tremendous success" for his administration after Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, maintained an edge in governorships, and handed control of the House to the Democrats by a slim margin instead of the predicted blowout to the so-called "blue wave".

So when word came in that the projections were broadly correct, it did not come as a shock.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said as he cast his ballot in Chicago. His legislative agenda, including a vague proposal for a middle-class income tax cut, is likely stalled.

Just after polls closed on the West Coast, Trump took to Twitter to hail his party's performance. "Thank you to all!" A Democratic-led House can launch investigations into President Trump's alleged infractions, and even issue subpoenas and initiate impeachment proceedings.

"I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it", McConnell said, adding that the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed but that any effort to fix the Obama-era law would have to be done "on a bipartisan basis".

There was also grousing about House Speaker Paul Ryan, who announced plans to resign at the end of the year instead of leaving sooner.

But there was some satisfaction among Trump and his aides that the losses were not as bad as had been projected by strategists who said a Democratic "blue wave" would take away 40 House seats.

Still, the naysayers are trying to have the day - and that includes a lot of old-school Republicans like former Reagan White House Political Director and former Republican National Committee Chairman Frank Donatelli, who said in a Facebook post: "Of course all good things are the fruit of Trump's efforts and the bad is someone else's fault". 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.

Alongside all 435 House seats and a third of the Senate on the ballot on Tuesday were 36 gubernatorial races. Historically, the party out of power picks up seats in the first midterm of a presidency, and Democrats followed that pattern this year. President Trump wants as much as $5 billion to fund the southern border wall, but senior House Democratic advisers have told ABC News that Democrats, with a newly-reclaimed majority - will be loathe to provide one cent for that kind of funding.

"Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he tweeted ahead of a scheduled White House press conference at the time of writing. Buffet tables were laden with some of Trump's favourite foods.

Dean Heller, R-NV, was the sole Republican loss on the Senate Finance Committee, while one Democrat, Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. lost her seat on that committee.

But Republicans performed strongly in the deep red states where Trump mounted a frenetic final campaign blitz and proved that despite his low approval rating he remains a potent political force among conservatives.

Trump held 30 get-out-the-vote rallies in the past two months, including 11 in the last six days across eight states, the last three on Monday when he returned to the White House about 3 a.m.

"Though we want to have a deal and find some infrastructure with Trump, so it is a very important question for the democrats and I'm not sure right now that they have all the answers to these key questions".