- Americans voted Tuesday in elections that will determine the environment for the rest of Trump’s first term
- Democrats will take over the House of Representatitives and might make Nancy Pelosi speaker again
- Republicans will keep control of the U.S. Senate after snatching at least four seats from Democrats
- Republican Rick Scott led in Florida by less than 1 per cent of the vote
- Votes still being counted in Arizona and Montana New Yorkers sent a 29-year-old socialist to Congress
- A Democrat-led House will launch investigations, issue subpoenas and talk about impeaching Trump
- With an expanded Republican Senate majority, Trump won’t have to worry about losing the ability to confirm judges and Cabinet members
- President tweeted: ‘Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!’ and then called Pelosi to congratulate her
President Donald Trump hailed his own ‘very Big Win’ on election night – blasting the media and Republicans veered away from him even as newly-empowered House Democrats vowed to probe his administration and his finances.
Trump declared victory after Republicans were able to pick off some Senate Democrats who were desperately trying to hold in Republican states. But it was the House takeover that was poised to upend the balance of power in Washington.
Trump was set to give a news conference Wednesday morning to address the new political world. Even as he tweeted, votes were still being counted in a Montana Senate race where Trump had been determined to knock off Democrat Jon Tester.
They were also coming in in Arizona as a hard-fought race over an open seat continued. Florida was in recount territory, with Gov. Rick Scott, who campaigned closely with Trump, holding an edge but Democrat Bill Nelson not yet conceding.
‘Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!’ Trump wrote Wednesday.