It was an exciting midterm elections night for both parties, especially for the Democrats who won the majority in the House of Representatives. This comes after eight years of Republican control of the chamber, marking the end of the Republican legislative agenda and the beginning of an era of accountability for President Trump. Democrats also gained ground in governor races and state legislatures, albeit not to the degree that they had hoped.
On the other side, Republicans maintained the majority in the Senate after Republican Senator Ted Cruz, defeated Democratic challenger Beto O'Rouke in Texas.
President Trump called Tuesday’s midterm election results a “tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” seemingly choosing to focus on the Senate results.
Trump crisscrossed the country in the weeks leading up to Election Day, hosting “Make America Great Again” rallies to campaign for Republicans in an effort to maintain the majority of the House and Senate, and pick up or hold some governor’s mansions along the way. He finished his final midterm campaign stretch on Monday with three rallies.
According to experts, ramifications of this election will reverberate for years, fundamentally realigning power in Washington in critical ways. Democrat control of the House will gives hope to liberals who want to continue the Russia investigation, and even introduce articles of impeachment against the president. Democrats will also be able to halt many items on Trump's legislative agenda, border wall funding, and a new middle-class tax cut.
The overall results suggest a nation that continues to be deeply divided along geographical lines, with rural areas and Southern exurbs tilting ever more strongly toward the Republican Party while cities and suburbs with highly educated populations lurch to the left.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said a Democratic wave looked more like a "ripple." Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday night, as election returns were still coming in, Sanders said: “Maybe you get a ripple but I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave."
She says there is still a "long way to go," but the White House feels “good about where we are right now." After Republicans lost the House, Sanders said the president's agenda is not going to change.
The most interesting events in this election:
• Republican Senator Ted Cruz locked in a second term Tuesday night after defeating Democrat Rep. Beto O'Rourke, shutting down the Democrats' most aggressive attempt in decades to win a state-wide office in Texas. See more here.
• Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer defeated Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota Tuesday night, flipping a state President Donald Trump won by 36 percentage points into the Senate GOP's column.
• Republican Mike Braun defeated Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana, flipping a key Senate seat coveted by the Republicans for six years.