Many first-time candidates this year were inspired to run for office, at least in part, by the 2016 presidential election - both the fact that the first female major-party nominee ever lost, and that Donald Trump, who is very unpopular among women (particularly Democratic women), won. But the president warned that he will respond in kind and the government will suffer.
Internal Revenue Service law allows House and Senate tax-writing committees to request federal returns, and the ranking Ways and Means Democrat, Rep. Richard Neal of MA, has signalled publicly he would ask for them - a move the White House might fight.
"There are some assumptions about states Democratic presidential candidates will visit that are being truly reconsidered", Democratic strategist Anita Dunn said.
The Republicans have taken Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota from the Democrats.
The White House revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials.. To simplify, crudely, there are those who put it down to culture, and others who hold it was, more importantly, about economics and class. And it doesn't even mean they weren't really important issues for many - even most - of those who voted for Trump.
In another tweet on Wednesday morning, Trump issued a threat to Democrats, saying that if they "think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we likewise will be forced to consider investigating them for all the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".
On Tuesday, voters handed Democrats the House of Representatives - and may have also rendered a verdict on President Trump's signature tax cuts. And they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.
He was clear that a Democrat-led investigation into his tax returns would ruin any reconciliation efforts.
In theory, the new Democratic majority would have the capacity to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump should there be sufficient grounds in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. Republicans in the state legislature voted a year ago to undo an anti-corruption plan approved by voters in a ballot referendum.
Tennessee gained the state's first woman in the Senate as Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen.
The best news for the Republicans is that they protected several of their own vulnerable chambers, including the Arizona Senate, the Iowa House, the Michigan House, the Minnesota Senate and the Wisconsin Senate.
Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election.
In his victory speech, Brown said his state had provided a "blueprint for America in 2020".
Republicans who have controlled both houses of Congress since the Republican Trump assumed power in early 2017 have largely given him a pass, declining to hold hearings that might reflect badly on him or the officials he has appointed.
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.
He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.
The president's current job approval, set at 40 per cent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.
Presidents nearly always lose a few dozen House seats in the midterms.Barack Obama lost 63 in 2010 and Bill Clinton lost 52 in 1994. The Democrats therefore needed to flip 23 seats in the House to gain a majority. Adding to their trouble was incumbent Democratic Sen.
Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.
"And Barbara Comstock was another one", he said.
Democrats also see bright signs in places like Nevada, once a conservative state that is now more consistently trending blue. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, whose parties lost the House in the middle of their first terms, used the defeats to recalibrate for successful re-election campaigns.