Democrats gained significant ground in the battle for House control Nov. 6, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency.
The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, but highlighted an extraordinary realignment of U.S. voters by race, sex and education. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America’s suburbs.
With control of Congress, statehouses and the president’s agenda at stake, some of the nation’s top elections were still being counted as Election Day ended.
Yet Democrats’ dreams of winning a Senate majority as part of a “blue wave” were shattered after losses in Indiana, Tennessee, North Dakota and Texas. They also suffered a setback in Florida, where Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded in his bid to become the state’s first African-American governor.
Trump sought to take credit for retaining the Republicans’ Senate majority, tweeting out, “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” (AP)