So who really won the midterms?

US President Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC

In a post-midterm election news conference Wednesday, President Trump doubled down on his endorsement for Pelosi (D-Calif.), the presumptive new Speaker after Democrats recaptured the House in Tuesday's midterm elections. Democrats have not been handed control of the House so they can fight among themselves or make excuses about what they cannot do because Trump is still the president and Republicans have strengthened their hold on the Senate. He cited "questionable things" done by Democrats, including "leaks of classified information".

In the leadup to the election, Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House could slip away.

Someone else might look at the same election, especially what happened in the House, and say, "Look, all these places that Trump did very well in 2016, they voted against him - they voted for Democratic candidates instead. Sorry about that, Mia", he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, pointed to health care during a Wednesday news conference. Rosenstein's future appeared uncertain after reports that he discussed secretly recording Trump. "The answer is yes", Mr Trump said after hearing the response. "I think it's very bad for our country".

After two years in which the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches was rendered meaningless by unitary Republican control of Congress, voters have given Democrats the House of Representatives.

"The control of the House, in turn, will allow the Democrats to open new investigations on the president".

They could now launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest. "Two can play that game!" the president wrote on Twitter on November 7. The Democratic majority should hold high-profile hearings and votes on legislation to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage, expand health-care guarantees, end price-gouging by pharmaceutical corporations, rewrite the tax code and avert austerity, protect immigrants, and revoke blank checks for unauthorized military interventions overseas. His take-no-prisoners approach troubled many Republicans seeking to appeal to moderate voters in suburban House districts, but Trump prioritized base voters in the deep-red states that could determine the fate of the Senate.

There's been a running debate among Democrats since 2016 over whether the failings of the party were because its candidates didn't do enough to broaden their appeal to independents and moderate Republicans or if they were insufficiently outspoken in their support for progressive goals. Back in October, Nadler, who is set to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, promised to re-investigate Brett Kavanaugh if the Dems took the House.

And there was the usual anti-Republican liberal media wave, which tried to prop up Democrats.

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Democrat Maxine Waters, poised to become chair of the U.S. House banking committee, told Reuters on Thursday she would like the heads of the country's biggest banks to testify before the panel as she seeks to ramp up regulatory oversight. White men with college degrees, meanwhile, were evenly split, and whites without degrees voted strongly Republican, according to CNN's exit polls.

The midterm elections resulted in some historic milestones.

Also among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House - Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico - and the first two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman.

Joining Davids as one of the first Indigenous women elected to Congress was fellow Democrat Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who will represent New Mexico's first district.

"Indeed it is a good morning for Senate Republicans", the Kentucky Republicans told reporters.

"We are in a battle". It avoided a complete rout in the House, made gains in the Senate, and won important governorships in OH and Florida. "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said. And we'll know just how much Republicans have expanded their Senate majority when there is a final word with the races in Arizona, Mississippi and Florida.

The result was broadly in line with what many analysts projected but makes for a confusing picture. After this election, if results hold, Republicans will have a far narrower 26-seat majority.

"What Gillum managed to do in a very hard state, not to mention dealing with all the racism that comes against him, is run on a progressive agenda and to mount a really, really very strong grassroots campaign", Sanders said.

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