Women candidates make record gains in U.S. midterm elections

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More stunningly, Trump's party gained Senate seats-lots of them. Eight women - four incumbents and four non-incumbents - would win races to the Governors' seats. That's the third-straight election they've done that, and notably this year, all five of the offices were open.

"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors and special interests and very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly", Trump said at the White House on November 7. Sherrod Brown, who also won re-election Tuesday, did. "Donald Trump may not like hearing it, but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable".

The suburbs are how Democrats were able to take back the House, but they ultimately still fell short in targeted House seats in North Carolina - another state Trump was able to win after it had gone for Obama in 2008 - and OH, which Trump won solidly after Obama carried it twice. Trump on Wednesday cited OH and Mike DeWine's victory in the governor's race as among Tuesday's highlights.

Republicans must also loudly promote their success with two of the country's most enduring, important issues: the economy and national security. That message resonated with voters, who elected 9 out of 11 candidates Trump campaigned for, according to his own tally.

President Donald Trump and newly empowered congressional Democrats appeared to be on a collision course over the release of the President's tax returns, as a top Democrat signalled he would demand the information under federal law and Mr Trump insisted he would attempt to block any release. Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for OH governor.

GOP candidates also won races for attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer.

Voters soundly defeated a measure that would have classified possession of certain types of illegal drugs as misdemeanors.

"The single reason we don't have more women in office is traditionally because not enough women want to run", Dew Steele said.

Red-state Democrats who voted against confirming Kavanaugh lost their seats or barely held on, and not just McCaskill and Heitkamp.

Democrats still have a big disadvantage with white voters in Ohio's small towns and rural places.

Losing Montgomery County is almost always a bad sign for Democrats, and DeWine carried the Dayton area county that neighbors his home county of Greene. Husted also has Dayton ties, from attending the University of Dayton and then representing the area in the Statehouse.

Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border.

Both Florida contests could be headed for a recount, however, a reminder of the 2000 presidential race that underlines how key the state remains as a battleground. Cordray only managed to split the vote with DeWine among women and had just a slight edge with voters under age 45.

Mr Trump went on to say he's happy with "most" of his Cabinet, suggesting more changes may be coming and that he is "looking at different people for different positions", adding that "it is very common after the midterms".

Marketing consultant Gary Smith of the Columbus suburb of Dublin said Trump was a "big factor" for him, as was a strong economy.

"Trump is on the ballot whether his name is there or not", Smith said.

Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign.

"But it is going to be conservative for the foreseeable future".

"There's plenty of opportunity", Pelosi said, noting she worked productively with President George W. Bush during her last turn as speaker.

Putting Brown on the national ticket would keep OH in the 2020 spotlight. He has professed that he has no burning desire to run for president, but Clinton vetted him as a running mate and he could fit well with potential 2020 candidates such as California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. OH long has been a fiercely contested state, though one with a slight Republican edge.

In Wednesday's news conference, Mr Trump extended an olive branch to Democrats, proposing both parties work together on joint legislative priorities. Six of them, including Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania and Jason Crow of Colorado, said they would call for new leadership in Congress if they were elected, adding to a growing faction of members who oppose Pelosi's speakership bid.

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