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'She Has Earned This': Trump Praises Pelosi, Warns Democrats

'She Has Earned This': Trump Praises Pelosi, Warns Democrats

But there are already clear lessons to take from Tuesday night, when Democrats took control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, but Republicans increased their majority in the Senate.

Mr. Trump spoke with Mrs. Pelosi Tuesday night to offer congratulations after it became clear her party would take back control of the House.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to VoteCast, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. Early returns show Republicans might lose the 8th Congressional District seat with Democrat Kim Schrier leading Republican Dino Rossi.

Incoming Democratic committee chairs are expected to lead investigations into Trump's long-hidden tax returns, possible conflicts of interest from his business empire and any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign team in the 2016 election.

One adviser, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "I don't think Mr Trump fully comprehends what this means by giving the gavel to (Democratic House leader) Nancy Pelosi and her cronies".

Despite the results, Trump wrote on Twitter, "Tremendous success tonight".

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

And there were some firsts in this midterm election.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.

Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote.

The White House for days has stressed the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats. A legislative proposal only becomes law once the House, the Senate and then the President, have approved it.

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Financial markets often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many in the market this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda.

Industrial and materials stocks could be among the best performers on speculation politicians can broker an infrastructure deal, Wall Street analysts and strategists speculated before the election. Next year, Democrats will have the power to demand that the defense secretary answer such questions in public.

Torsten Slok, Chief International Economist of Deutsche Bank, said: "With the Democrats taking over the House we will now have to see what gridlock in Congress means for policy".

President Trump praised the GOP for expanding its control of the Senate, through which his judicial nominees must travel, an issue critically important to conservatives. That should find bipartisan support, Kilmer said. And on Wednesday, he said she deserves to be House speaker.

In Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday it would be wrong to expect policy change from Trump. According to the latest media reports, Republicans hold a 52-44 seat majority in the Senate.

Republicans built on their slim Senate majority by several seats and ousted four incumbent Democrats: Bill Nelson in Florida, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri. NBC News puts the current vote count at 99% reporting with DeSantis 4,052,246, Gillum 3,996,906 - a difference of 55,340 votes out of over 8 million.

In the 36 gubernatorial contests, Democrats won governorships in several states that supported Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and Ohio.

Nadler's panel would handle any effort to impeach Trump, depending on the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA elections and possible Trump campaign collusion with Moscow.

Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and has slammed the probe as a "witch hunt".

A House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaced of collusion by his campaign, or of obstruction by the president of the federal investigation. The party picked up seats across the map but some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost. Ted Cruz from an untimely political demise in his Texas re-election. Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for OH governor.