Republican Gov. Scott Walker's narrow loss in his bid for a third term left Democrats optimistic they could reclaim Wisconsin along with other traditionally blue states that Trump carried, such as MI and Pennsylvania. He cited "questionable things" done by Democrats, including "leaks of classified information".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with a rare smile and spring in his step, made clear Wednesday that he is happy with the outcome of the election that has increased his majority by at least three senators, calling President Donald Trump's efforts "very helpful" with that victory.
The historical first midterm that 2018 most resembles is that of Richard Nixon in 1970 when Republicans lost twelve House seats but gained two Senate seats.
And Jimmy Gomez, of California, said that those seeking to inflict revenge on Mr Trump were "wrong", tweeting that it was not "payback time" but "time to govern". They contend the president is exploiting a humanitarian issue for "political gain". She said simply: "Yes, I am".
Democrats are already preparing an emergency scenario in case President Donald Trump tries to purge the Department of Justice and shut down the special counsel probe. When they asked how the Trump Organization arrived at the $151,470 in profits it paid back to the Treasury for foreign stays at his hotels, they got silence. "The answer is yes", Mr Trump said after hearing the response.
She added: 'It's what I anticipate, I expect and what I thrive on'.
High voter turnout for Democrats was widely expected but less expected was that Republican enthusiasm for this midterm vote was not all that diminished.
The president became irate when questioned about his characterisation of Central American migrants heading towards the U.S. as an "invasion".
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has pulled ahead with a slim lead in the Arizona Senate election over Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally.
McConnell eschewed further attempts to get him to respond to heated presidential rhetoric, refusing to call the migrant caravan - still hundreds of miles from the southern US border - a "crisis", as Trump did in high profile campaign rallies created to turn out the GOP base.
He told the nation he would love to work with Democrats - that it might, in fact, be a good thing that they won control of the House of Representatives - but he refused to back away from any of his divisive campaign rhetoric. "Two can play that game!"
"We will take our oversight responsibilities seriously, both with respect to the intelligence agencies under our charge but also with respect to any work left undone in the Russian Federation probe by the majority", Schiff told ABC News.
In the interview, Mr Neal said Democrats did not win control of the House by promising to obtain Mr Trump's tax returns, and that it would not be the singular focus of his first year as chairman.
"We have to be as strategic and methodical as we possibly can", said one senior Democratic aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal strategy.
That echoed a similar message from Mr Trump, who on Twitter cautioned Democrats not to use their new House majority to launch investigations into his administration.
Among other victories, Democrats flipped seats held most recently by retiring longtime GOP state Reps. "It's about restoring the constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", she told a news conference.
More than 100 women were elected to United States legislative office in mid-term elections Tuesday. But election night painted a different picture. Rashida Tlaib became the first Arab-American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. At the Hilton DoubleTree Resort, music blared from the hall and smiles were etched on faces. His standing with the Democratic base - if not his supporters on the progressive left - risks damage for even entertaining the idea of engaging with Trump, whose presidency Sanders himself described as an "existential danger to everything this country stands for". However, the controversy over confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court appears to have hurt them further. "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said.
Democrats saw wins come in for more moderate candidates.
The result was broadly in line with what many analysts projected but makes for a confusing picture.
There were also warning signs for Democrats in Florida, a perennial swing state that is increasingly delivering victories - however narrow - to the GOP.