Two years ago, Trump secured his victory by winning two big prizes, OH easily and Florida narrowly, and then carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by the thinnest or margins - less that one percentage point in each state.
Still, Republicans accuse Democrats of preparing to abuse their authority with political attacks on Trump and his allies.
U.S. Democratic Congressional candidate Deb Haaland reacts upon learning that fellow Native American Sharice Davids of Kansas also won her midterm election. "Democrats would pass a number of bills that would be messaging bills that would die in the Senate". All of this adds up to a night of unsafe erosion for the Republican Party in the region of the United States with the two biggest states, California and Texas. "But it may seem that way because we are coming off a two-year drought of no subpoenas", said Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Oversight subcommittee on government operations.
There were also warning signs for Democrats in Florida, a perennial swing state that is increasingly delivering victories - however narrow - to the GOP. It's unclear how this group of people will affect the 2020 election.
For the former, Trump won on race, immigration and misogyny, assembling a coalition of white voters energised by all that talk of walls and Muslim bans and ramped-up deportations of immigrants, framed disproportionately as rapists and murderers and drug dealers. OH long has been a fiercely contested state, though one with a slight Republican edge. Democrats suffered losses in Florida and Maryland where Democrats had hoped for pickups.
The Republicans have taken Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota from the Democrats.
By that this strategist meant that Democrats continue to underperform among white voters, especially those without college degrees, and can not count on being able to motivate minority voters in numbers needed to turn narrow losses into narrow victories.
"Thanks to Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum and Beto O'Rourke, places where Democrats have had trouble winning for years became unpredictable toss-ups in large part because of an electorate inspired by never-before-heard bold visions for economic and racial justice", Green said. Dean Heller that is too close to call.
Democrats have had their eye on other Sun Belt states in recent presidential elections, namely Georgia, Arizona and Texas.
Democrats also picked up seven governorships but fell short in a high-profile race for the governor's mansion in Florida, expected to play a key role in the 2020 presidential election.
Early in the press conference, Mr. Trump called CNN's Jim Acosta a "rude, awful person" after the reporter berated the president and refused to give up the microphone after wrestling it away from a young female White House aide.
"They're going to have to figure it out, and they're going to have to do it quickly."A margin of less than half a percentage point automatically triggers a recount. Democrats flippedseats in suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Denver.
Voter turnout in the 2016 election dipped to 55.4 percent: a two decade low.
Republicans will be aiming to take those back in two years.
An exception is the now ubiquitous Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who safely won her House seat in the Democratic stronghold of NY, as was predicted.
During the campaign, Pelosi urged candidates to focus on lowering health care costs and creating jobs with infrastructure investment, and she tamped down calls for impeachment.
It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor.
"But it's not a realignment", he added, "unless we do the hard work, both in 2020 and beyond".