Democrats pick up more seats after taking control of House

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"I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it", McConnell said, adding that the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed but that any effort to fix the Obama-era law would have to be done "on a bipartisan basis".

The Republicans' control of the Senate is arguably more significant, says the BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Washington, because Mr Trump focused his campaigning on Senate races, and candidates he backed clearly benefited.

The effect of all this is a wish by Republicans to undo Obamacare, something they have tried to accomplish dozens of times even though parts of it are popular, and a wish by Democrats to undo the new tax law even though many folks represented in Congress by Democrats will experience a tax cut. They talked on election night about doing an infrastructure package and lowering health care costs, particularly around prescription drugs, priorities for both sides.

For example, Cummings and other Democratic lawmakers a year ago filed a federal lawsuit demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president. The ties between the two men, who are said to communicate frequently, could come under increased scrutiny by Democrats. LePage governed largely by mobilizing the House minority Republican caucus to sustain a record number of 642 vetoes - more than all other ME governors combined going back to 1917 and 80 times as many as his predecessor, Baldacci. He said that Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, "gave me no love, and she lost".

Hours earlier, the president had tweeted that "now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

A congressional probe would be more public than special counsel Robert Mueller's current investigation into Russian election interference - and wouldn't run the risk of being shut down by Trump. The president may say he wants "unity and peace and love" - but it's clear it will have to be on his terms.

It was "such a very Big Win", he tweeted, "and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!"

The Republican president also clashed repeatedly with reporters at the White House, ordering them to be quiet. He also said: "They're extremely complex". You are a rude, awful person, you shouldn't be working for CNN.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ran against Pelosi previous year as a centrist alternative, said colleagues want to do what's best for the new members coming from districts that just flipped from Republicans.

"That's enough, put down the mic", Trump said.

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Nevertheless, Democrats also won seven governorships, including states such as Wisconsin and Kansas that President Trump had won in 2016, and came close to breaching the Republican fortress in Texas, where incumbent Senator Ted Cruz barely held on to his seat, while narrowly losing gubernatorial races in Georgia and Florida.

Of the women challenging for a new seat, one-third were successful.

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.

Democrats will now control lower chamber panels that can investigate Mr Trump's business affairs, including tax returns, while thwarting his legislative agenda.

Trump offered an olive branch to House Democrats as an alternative to an investigative face-off.

"Maybe we will make a deal, maybe we won't".

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who would be in line to become the next speaker when Congress convenes in January, spoke of "a new day in America". Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for OH governor.

Almost 40% of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to VoteCast, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. "The fact is we'd like to work together".

Tlaib, 42, became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature in 2008.

The most likely impact of House investigations would be a swarm of legal issues for the White House, which is likely to fire up Trump's base for 2020 while producing no results to satisfy Democrat voters.

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