It won't feel like the tsunami many on the left were hoping for, but a steadily rising tide is still lifting Democrats to enough victories to give them control of the House for the first time in eight years.
They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.
"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", Pelosi said, adding that the election was about restoring "checks and balances" to government. Our most fervent supporters hope that we will use our newly found control to investigate nearly everything that the Trump administration has done.
"Democrats, if they're going to win tonight and if they're going to win in 2020, have to have an affirmative, positive agenda, having nothing to do with President Donald Trump", Goodstein said.
Trump called Pelosi, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and several of the Republican winners. Pelosi, now the House minority leader, made health care costs a focus of her party's "Better Deal" campaign promises in the year preceding the midterms.
Donald Trump has hailed the Republicans' performance in the United States midterm elections as a "tremendous success" - despite losses which are set to see his party lose control of Congress.
Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.
Trump planned to spend a final day on the campaign trail on Monday, hitting the Midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana and Missouri at the end of a six-day pre-election sweep focused mostly on competitive U.S. Senate races. Other tight Senate races are in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. Democrats have campaigned heavily on the topic - attacking Republican attempts a year ago to repeal Obamacare health insurance reforms. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke's underdog Senate campaign fell short in conservative Texas against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully in 2016, has left the door open to the possibility of challenging the Democratic leader again, while others are mulling a bid only if Pelosi steps aside or if she were to be defeated in a run for speaker.
The outcome is a significant victory for Democrats after the party was locked out of power in Washington following the 2016 presidential election.
The future of the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller could also depend on whether Democrats take control of one of the houses. Hispanic voters favored Democratic House candidates by 33 percentage points - higher than the 18-percentage point gap that Democrats enjoyed in 2014, the poll found.
Trump is under 50% approval in Texas, where Sen.
Democrats now need to win only nine more Republican House seats to reach the net gain of 23 seats they need to secure a majority. If we do so, it will ensure Democratic control of the house will well endure beyond the next two years.
Women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for the Republican, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 113,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
But they will not take back the Senate, which would mean that Republicans will maintain power over nominations to powerful positions such as cabinet posts, ambassadorships and justiceships.
Voters also punished moderate Senate Democrats running in Trump-heavy states who opposed the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.
A Reuters analysis of the past half century showed stocks fared better in the two calendar years after congressional elections when Republicans control Congress and the presidency than when Democrats controlled the two branches, and at least as well as during times of gridlock. "I think he's trying to divide this country", said Hutchins, acting executive director of a group that advocates on labor issues.