Democrats will take the House, a change in Washington that will mean more gridlock for President Trump’s agenda, and congressional investigations into the president, his businesses, and Cabinet members.
Republicans are projected to keep control of the Senate.
President Trump called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. to congratulate her, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill tweeted.
Hammill said Mr. Trump acknowledged Pelosi’s call for bipartisanship in her remarks.
Pelosi says Democrats will focus on health care, draining the “swamp” of special interests.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — who could again be Speaker of the House — told supporters in Washington, D.C., that Democrats will focus on issues like health care and draining the “swamp” of special interests and dark money.
Perhaps more importantly, Pelosi did not focus on how Democrats will investigate the president, and didn’t bring up impeachment once.
Pelosi thanked the “dynamic, diverse and incredible candidates who have taken back the House for the American people” and vowed to restore checks and balances to the Trump administration. The new Democratic majority, Pelosi said, would “lower the cost of health care, of prescription drugs, raise wages, and clean up corruption to work for all Americans.”
She also promised, “We will have accountability and strive for bipartisanship with fairness on all sides” and a “bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong.”We have all had enough of division,” she said. “Americans want peace. They want results.”
Several Democrats have flipped Republican-held seats. Mary Scanlon has won in Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, Conor Lamb has won in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, Chrissy Houlahan took Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, Dean Phillips has won Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District, and Sean Casten has won Illinois’ 6th Congressional District.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz held onto his Senate seat, after facing an unexpectedly strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke engaged the Democratic base in the state, as well as new voters. However, it wasn’t enough for him to overtake Cruz.