Democrats captured the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years to exert a major institutional check on President Donald Trump but Trump’s Republicans maintained their Senate majority in crucial midterms.
Democrats will pick up the 23 seats necessary to win a House majority, Fox and NBC reported, as they knocked off Republicans in swing states like Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Colorado in elections seen as the first nationwide referendum on Trump’s performance.
But Republicans struck back in the 100-member Senate, where they ousted at least two Democrats, in Indiana and North Dakota, and held on to at-risk seats in Tennessee and Texas.
Democrats won races in several Republican-held seats, in states from Florida to Kansas. That moved them closer to taking the House majority for the first time since 2011, when the “tea party” wave swamped Democrats in President Barack Obama’s first midterm elections.
In victory, Democrats regained some of the confidence – although less of the power – they lost in 2016, when Trump won a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton. In this election, they sought to energize groups that Clinton did not: young voters, Latinos, African Americans and infrequent voters.
Trump’s team immediately sought to give him credit for retaining their narrow Senate majority, even as their foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.”It’s a huge moment and victory for the president,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.