Democratic gains over GOP after midterms come with cautions

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The president's party will maintain control of the executive and judicial branches of the government, in addition to the Senate, but Democrats suddenly have a foothold that gives them subpoena power to probe deep into Trump's personal and professional missteps - and his long-withheld tax returns. Will the Democrats use their takeover of the House to work with President Trump or to wreck his presidency?

"To have Walker lose is a significant turning point that the right candidate in 2020 could win all of these states" across the industrial north, Democratic pollster Paul Maslin, who advised Democratic Sen.

Still, there are plenty of reasons for caution for Democrats.

For the most part, Republicans of the 115th Congress handed Trump a "blank cheque". Republican women like Kristi Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. After eight years in the US House, she was one of the rare high-profile Republican women seeking a promotion in a campaign year defined more by the enthusiasm of Democratic women and the proliferation of Democratic female candidates. Sherrod Brown, who also won re-election Tuesday, did. "Trump connected to the workers". More than 40 million Americans had already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to an AP analysis.

President Donald Trump faces a barrage of investigations targeting everything from his taxes to his Russian business ties after Democrats captured the House of Representatives in Tuesday's elections. What Putin would not favor would be investigations or sanctions that would further damage the well-connected Russian oligarchs believed to have links to Trump, or to have helped fund USA meddling efforts.

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In Kentucky, the heart of Trump country, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district. The victory for Democrats could open up the president to possible investigations and stymie the GOP's policy progress.

Elijah Cummings, now the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, also has a wish list of probes, including Mr Trump's apparent interference in a plan to build a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; drug pricing under the Trump administration; and the mishandling of the deadly 2017 hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. In Missouri, Josh Hawley knocked off Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson trailing Republican Rick Scott.

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. It's unclear how this group of people will affect the 2020 election. It was on par with other recent midterm "wave" elections which had margins of 7.1 for the Republicans in 1994; 8.0 for the Democrats in 2006; 7.2 in 2010 and 5.7 in 2014 for the Republicans. Beto O'Rourke's Democratic campaign for Senate in Texas fell short by less than 3 percentage points in Texas, a GOP-heavy state that hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994. This was especially true in states south of the Mason-Dixon Line that elected their first-ever African-American governors.

Later it was Democrats and a substantial blue wall of states that seemed to give them the edge in presidential races. "I'm talking about changing the map".

"We're going to see a huge field, but the big question will be whether they learn lessons from the midterms because I think the electorate was trying to tell us something loudly and clearly", Matt Bennett of Third Way, a centrist think tank, said in an interview.

Trump suggested at several points that if the Democrats pursue an investigation, it will lead to division and legislative back-and-forths on Capitol Hill: "They can play that game, but we can play it better".

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