Midterm elections results EXPLAINED: What the midterms mean for Trump

ASSOCIATED PRESS               Deb Haaland

ASSOCIATED PRESS Deb Haaland

That wide difference in Trump's national vs. his key state approval helps explain the dual storyline emerging on election night of Democratic pickups giving them control of the US House and Republican success holding control of the US Senate by picking off Democratic senators representing states Trump won in 2016.

The Democrats had never looked likely to win control of the Senate and in the event they fell short of a tidal wave of voter support that would have given them that.

Panels now controlled by Democrats could probe an array of cabinet secretaries, review Trump's foreign policy in North Korea and Iran, demand Homeland Security hand over more documents about child separation, and try to keep a parade of top officials testifying on the Hill or handing over administration documents.

The party 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.

That's why you also heard a victory speech from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to return as speaker of the House with the new Democratic majority in January.

"In a certain way, I am on the ballot", Trump declared ahead of Tuesday's elections taking up the challenge of a referendum the Democrats had thrown at his polarising leadership.

Trump dissected the elections in a combative White House news conference that stretched to almost 90 minutes as he put a defiantly glossy sheen on the mixed midterm results and stressed his party's victories in the Senate. He threw himself into the campaign, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed through Mexico to the USA border and condemnations of liberal American "mobs" he says oppose him.

"There will be winners and losers in the stock market following Republicans and Democrats splitting Congress in the 2018 midterm elections". Former President Barack Obama's Democrats suffered what he called a "shellacking" in congressional elections in 2010.

The increased Republican majority in the Senate however, will make it easier for Trump to appoint judges and remake the judicial branch-a branch of government that interprets laws in the name of the state-into a more conservative system.

Financial markets often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many in the market this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda.

USA stock futures pointed to strong opening gains for Wall Street on Wednesday, while the dollar dropped on lowered chances of further US fiscal stimulus. Around 57% said they approve of the job he's doing, fitting with the positive news for Republicans as CNN predicts Republican Marsha Blackburn will take a US Senate seat. Trump has faced a plethora of scandals so far with relatively pliant Republican majorities in both chambers, but things will change with Democrats in control of the House.

"After all the hate, all the hate that I've seen recently, that we've all seen, I can't tell you how much this means to me as a former synagogue president", Rosen said.

A Senate majority would have allowed Democrats to apply even firmer brakes on Trump's policy agenda and given them the ability to block any future Supreme Court nominees.

Every seat in the House was up for grabs on Tuesday.

However, Republicans secured at least the 51 to 49 seat majority they hold now in the Senate and are expected to add a few more seats once the final results are in.

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.

Democrats lost governor's races in Florida and Iowa that party operatives were feeling bullish about. A federal probe by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's role in that election is ongoing.

Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and has slammed the probe as a "witch hunt". J. Stuart Adams of Layton as Senate president.

"Too bad, Mike", Trump said of Coffman, before turning on Utah's Mia Love, whose race remained too close to call. Now that Democrats are once again the majority in the House, Waters will have a powerful platform from which to issue these subpoenas, and her party will be better able to ensure the continuation of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

It is important to remember in all this that these contests were not conducted simply to fill a scorecard, but to fill some of the most important offices in our democratic system of government.

As the returns came in, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now.

House Republicans picked Rep. Brad Wilson of Kaysville as House speaker while Senate Republicans chose Sen. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.

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