Democrats on Tuesday captured the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years to exert a major institutional check on President Donald Trump and break the Republican monopoly in power in Washington.
Russian President Vladimir Putin denies any involvement in Trump's election victory, and the Kremlin shrugged off concerns that a Democratic-controlled House would increase pressure on Russia. Trump was badly underwater among women voters - who favor Democrats 62% to 35% - a gender gap, that if borne out by real votes, could prove devastating to Republican hopes.
The culmination of the 2018 midterms on Tuesday night marked the unofficial beginning of what is expected to be a long and crowded race for the White House in 2020.
The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees.
The area's white and vastly rural profile outside Cincinnati is part of what is expected to keep OH from springing back easily for Democrats, Hamilton County Republican Chairman Alex Triantafilou said.
As of early Wednesday, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, surpassing the previous record of 84.
But in Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams - who was hoping to become the first black female governor in the USA - refused to concede as her Republican opponent Brian Kemp took a commanding lead after a bitter campaign.
Two years ago, Trump secured his victory by winning two big prizes, OH easily and Florida narrowly, and then carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by the thinnest or margins - less that one percentage point in each state.
However, these results will not impact the majority - as the Democrats have won a clear majority in the House.
The shifts from Republican to Democrat were substantial in many of those districts.
Democrats won the House, which will change hands for the third time in 12 volatile years, by performing strongly in suburban areas where Trump's flaming rhetoric is toxic.
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The results were more mixed deeper into Trump country.
"If you're not connecting with the workers, then you're not going to be able to do well", Ryan said in an interview. "And she lost. Too bad, sorry about that, Mia!"
Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the House was slipping.
The result left Washington braced for the prospects of partisan warfare, with the Democrats poised take over House committees, giving them the power to hold hearings, call witnesses and issue subpoenas to administration officials.
In what was a very high turnout election, Democrats beat the Republicans by 7.1 points in the popular vote. "That is possible", he told a news conference at the White House.
"They can play that game, but we can play it better", Trump said. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by revulsion over Trump.
The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. But President Donald Trump's Republican Party found strength in critical states that often hold the keys to the presidency.
The Democrats picking up governorships in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico and Wisconsin, but had a heartbreaking loss in battleground Florida. He served as vice chairman of Trump's now-defunct commission on voter fraud. So this was a five-point decline from what was already a low 2016 number.
The GOP "had a very good day" Tuesday despite the House loss, McConnell said.
Most past presidents have suffered reversals during the midterms.