What liberals who believed the president would provoke a tsunami of new House Democrats failed to understand - as they failed to understand in 2016 - is that the caricature of Trump and his supporters they revel in is fiction.
But Porn said he was surprised that Democrats didn't pick up more seats in the state Legislature. House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, who won re-election to her House District 48 seat with almost 80 percent of the vote, said Democrats believed they would hold 89 seats once the final tallies are in.
With assent from both the House of Representatives and the Senate required for laws to be passed, the Republican Senate could provide resistance against any Democratic bills rising through the House.
The Democrats gained more than the 23 seats they needed for a majority in the 435-seat House of Representatives.
Some Republicans sought to explain Michigan's shift to a more purple hue as nearly an inevitability after a long stint of one-party control.
"Areas for legislative agreement will be more limited", he said.
LePage vetoed bills five times that would have expanded the state's Medicaid system to an additional 70,000 low-income Mainers.
Democrats held on to vulnerable seats in Montana, New Jersey and West Virginia and ousted a Republican incumbent in Nevada, but it was cold comfort.
While 29-year old progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez captured the attention of progressives around the country with her surprising victory in the Democratic primary, her race was essentially over at that stage. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, the Senate's current assistant minority leader, said Wednesday.
Dems tend to do well in urban areas but the real story Tuesday may have been Democratic gains in the suburbs, said Weinfeld, the MSU expert.
"Or we can work together", he said, adding that "it really could be a handsome bipartisan type of situation".
Governors - who head the executive branch in state governments - have been chosen in 36 out of 50 states. "It's about restoring the constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", Pelosi said.
"I am so honoured to share both the ballot and the stage with the many visionary, bold women who have raised their hand to run for public office", said Ayanna Pressley, who became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA. "I'm talking about changing the map".
One of Emerge's goals is to build a pipeline of female candidates at the local and state levels that could feed into federal races.
"The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting", the leader said, "I remember when we tried it in the late 90s".
In the states of Texas, Florida and Georgia white women supported Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and for governor.
"Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside, and keep the American economic miracle going strong", Trump said.
Keith Koffler is the editor of White House Dossier and the author of the book, "Bannon: Always the Rebel".
Of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation that has shadowed his administration for more than 18 months, Trump said, "I could end it right now" but "I let it go on".
She said priorities would include expanding Medicaid, taking additional action to stem the state's ongoing opioid overdose crisis - which Gideon called a "public health emergency" - expanding the state's renewable energy policies, and addressing workforce development and student debt, among other key issues. Candidates who embraced his message "excelled", and those who didn't faltered, the president added, ticking off a selective list of defeated Republicans to support his point.
"This doesn't mean that we go looking for a fight, but it means that if we see a need to go forward we will, but that will be the work of our committees".
"We're looking at that, and I do want to study whatever is being said". He said he is working with Congress, Turkey and Saudi Arabia on solving the killing, which took place in Istanbul. "Please hold that trust sacred".
"Now you don't have to worry if you're going to call me congressman or congresswoman or congress lady", Blackburn said in her victory speech.
Unexpectedly Mr Trump also announced that Vice President Mike Pence would be his running mate once again in the 2020 presidential election, when he hopes to capture a second term in the White House.