For Democrats, a string of statewide victories in Rust Belt states opened a potential path back to the White House.
Current Senate President Kevin Grantham, a Republican from Cañon City, congratulated the new governor-elect, Democrat Jared Polis, and other lawmakers who won races in the November 6 election in a statement November 7. Trump won the presidency by winning the so-called "blue wall" states: Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Democrats have promised to hold oversight hearings on the Trump administration when they take the majority in January.
Tuesday's results demonstrate that citizens can offer resistance to a president by mobilising voters and supporting exceptional candidates. Gains in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were offset by mixed results in OH and GOP dominance in electoral powerhouse Florida. Gov. Tom Wolf won re-election in Pennsylvania with 2.8 million votes, nearly a million more votes than he got four years earlier in beating then-incumbent Republican Tom Corbett. Republicans maintained control in the Assembly and Senate, creating likely gridlock with Evers. Fourteen states will be entirely under Democratic control, 21 states will be entirely under Democratic control and 13 will have a governor who represents a different party from the majority in the state legislature.
Democrat house candidate Sharice Davids reacts before speaking to supporters at a victory party in Olathe, Kan., Nov. 6, 2018. Sherrod Brown, who also won re-election on Tuesday, did.
The prevailing attitude on Capitol Hill and among farm groups, Bleiberg said, is: "You've gotten this far". "Trump connected to the workers".
Donald Trump was buoyed by victories that added to the Republican majority in the US Senate.
The Republicans performed well in the deep red states where Trump rigorously campaigned to secure their voter base.
"Republican gerrymanders likely minimized the damage, preventing even more GOP losses", said Costas Panagopoulos, a political scientist at Northeastern University.
Jin Canrong, a professor and associate dean at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China in Beijing, said given that the midterms often are viewed as a referendum on the sitting administration's politics and policies, the result of the elections could foreshadow the trajectory of United States politics for the next two years. "There's definitely a turnout benefit to talking to conservatives the way Trump has".
To do this, they need to unite on a clear, widely and enthusiastically acceptable Democratic program and draft a leadership team for 2020.
"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans". After all, it is in Trump's interests to co-operate - because if Democrats' legislation is obstructed by the Senate they will turn their attention to the only other thing they can do, which is oversight of the president. Bill Nelson loses his recount in Florida.
Voting experts noted that turnout exploded in states with big-ticket elections such as Florida, which featured high-profile races for Senate and governor, and those states with lower-profile contests such as North Carolina, which featured only judicial races on the statewide ballot.
Where Trump clearly was happier was in his increasingly bullish view of his reelection chances in 2020. James, an African-American, was an attractive candidate in some ways, but also a political novice.
Simply put, if Republicans swept every Senate seat in the states President Trump won and Democrats won every Senate seat in the states Hillary Clinton won, the GOP would have a filibuster-proof 60 votes in the Senate. Kansas elected a Democratic governor who supports Medicaid expansion.
Still, Tuesday's election results are a powerful reminder that large numbers of Americans are disenchanted, and in some cases disgusted, by the way Trump is behaving as president. "I'm talking about changing the map".
"At this point, what I want is to make certain we get some reforms [to the legislative process] that'll apply whoever is speaker", he said. "They did very poorly".
"At the end of the day, ME people don't care which party you identify with, they just want someone who is honest, believes in our state and vows to do what they say they'll do", Jackson said.