US Midterm Elections, Highlights for Democrats and Republicans

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on Nov. 6 2018 in Appleton Wisconsin

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on Nov. 6 2018 in Appleton Wisconsin

Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

The president himself focused on positives as Republicans lost control of the House but made Senate gains. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents.

The Democrats could also more effectively block his legislative plans, notably his signature promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. In 2016, Hillary Clinton's margin was just 2 percentage points.

But the president warned he would not hesitate to retaliate if House Democrats use their committee powers in the next Congress to investigate members of his administration or his personal finances. They included New Jersey Sen. The incumbent was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial, turning a what should have been a sure bet for Democrats into a close fight. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him.

He said that "two can play that game!"

Asked about potential investigations, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in a CNN interview Wednesday that "the president is not nervous about anything". "The president has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country".

"I didn't say it prevented me, I said lawyers will tell you not to do it", he said. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way.

After a hectic week of campaigning, Trump spent Tuesday at the White House awaiting exit polls and final results. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

They can subpoena documents like President Trump's tax returns. Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998.

Perhaps with this in mind, Trump tweeted: "In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats".

He said he would defer to staff on the Joint Committee on Taxation in Congress to determine what information might be requested and who would have access to it.

They argue that such favours to Trump include Chinese government trademarks for his companies, payments for hotel room stays and event-space rentals by representatives of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and proceeds from Chinese or Emirati-linked government purchases of office space in Trump Tower.

Both sides agree, at least privately, that Republicans are strongly favored to keep control of the Senate, where the electoral map is highly favorable to them.

Overall, women voted considerably more in favour of congressional Democratic candidates - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for Republicans, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and about 20,000 non-voters - conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. They will control the chamber beginning in January when new members are sworn in. The Republican-controlled 115th Congress has only sent a small handful of noncontroversial drug pricing measures to President Trump for a signature.

Overall, more voters disapproved of Trump's job performance than approved - a finding that is largely consistent with recent polling.

"Yeah, I can't imagine that that won't be on the agenda", McConnell said at a news conference Wednesday.

"The Senate is a pretty collegial place and even though we had big differences over things like taxes and judges, there were plenty of other things we did together and no reason that would stop simply because the House now becomes Democratic", he said.