Democrats began to scent a big night in the U.S. midterm elections Tuesday with early results pointing to them seizing the House of Representatives from the Republicans in what would be a dramatic rebuke to President Donald Trump. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized.
"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".
"The drumbeat you hear across America is people voting", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said as polls opened. Maybe the GOP narrowly holds the House, but Democrats keep the Senate close.
And just look at how wide the playing field is - Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back the House, and they are targeting some 80 Republican-held seats.
Democrats seized early victories in contested House races in Florida and also in Virginia, where political newcomer Jennifer Wexton defeated two-term representative Barbara Comstock.
The Republican party now has majority in both the Senate and the House and Trump and his team left no stone unturned to campaign in favour of his Republican party. There are some issues, such as infrastructure, where both parties might find agreement.
Republicans were keenly aware that losing their majority will hamstring his political agenda over the next two years. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to.
There are too many fundamental differences between electoral systems and cycles in the USA and Canada for this year's stateside turnout to offer any lessons for anyone hoping to generate similar levels of interest north of the border in 2019, Haussman said.
In trying to stem Republican losses, Trump made only passing reference to his $1.5 trillion tax cut - the GOP Congress' signature achievement - and instead barnstormed through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings.
"How we conduct ourselves in public life is on the ballot", Obama told Democratic volunteers in suburban Virginia. She was among the record number of women running this year.
Trump, without control of Congress, could decide to triangulate.
Three candidates had hoped to become their states' first African-American governors, although just one - Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams - was still in the running.
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"If the radical Democrats take power they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and our future", Trump declared in Cleveland, using the same heated rhetoric that has defined much of his presidency. Almost $18 million has been spent on TV ads in the race between nine-term GOP Rep. John Culberson and Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney. Democratic incumbents prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which Trump carried narrowly. "And especially in the House where a simple majority gives you nearly absolute power to again set the agenda and get bills across the floor". That's because some progressive Democratic candidates have promised they would not vote for Pelosi for speaker.
But in the first midterm under Trump - an utterly unconventional President - there are many unknowns, above all the bottom-line impact of a President who has driven both supporters and foes to a rare fever pitch of emotion.
Trump, as he did throughout the campaign, also blamed the media for sowing division in the country and insisted they were to blame for the scene unfolding in the East Room.
One of the most well known, Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, became a national sensation when her online video ads went viral.
Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party lost control of the House.
After the surprising results in the 2016 presidential election, pundits are reluctant to make predictions.
Democratic leadership of the House's powerful investigative committees would breathe new wind into probes of Trump's opaque personal finances, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and even calls for his impeachment. But they lost significant ground in the Senate, losing incumbents in Missouri and in and North Dakota, where Trump is still wildly popular.
Some hurt worse than others.
This outcome would be Republicans' ideal, in part because there's a decent chance that they will widen their Senate majority on Tuesday given the number of Democratic seats that are vulnerable in states Trump won.
First in line was a retiree, Jerry, who did not want to give his last name and said he was voting for the first time in midterm elections.
"Too bad, Mike", Trump said of Coffman, before turning on Utah's Mia Love, whose race remained too close to call.
Fox News personality Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh served as "special guests" at the final rally, according to Mr Trump's campaign, although Mr Hannity insisted on Twitter he would only be "covering (the) final rally for my show".