Who Won the Midterms? Donald Trump, Democrats Both Claim Victory in Contentious Elections

Democrats, Republicans and the president all claimed victory after Tuesday’s midterm elections, despite each coupling victories with some big losses.

Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who is expected to make a play to retake the  House majority leader role, celebrated her victory and that of Democrats for winning back the House.

“Tomorrow will be a new day in America,” Pelosi told supporters at a party after it became clear that Democrats would wrangle back the House from Republicans for the first time since 2010. Pelosi said the country wanted “peace,” and that the election was about “restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration” while defending citizens'  health care.

Winning back the House affords Pelosi and Democrats the ability to investigate the Trump administration and potentially hold back the president’s most aggressive policies on immigration, such as building his proposed border wall.

On the other side, President Donald Trump declared the midterms a resounding victory for Republicans, who strengthened their hold on the Senate.

“Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” Trump tweeted late Tuesday evening.

Early Wednesday morning, Trump proclaimed a “Big Victory” and said he received calls of congratulations, including from foreign leaders.

“Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to work and get things done!” the president said.

But even as both sides proceeded to spin the outcome in their parties' favor, the confirmed election results around the country reflected a mixed bag of pros and cons for both parties.

As of early Wednesday morning, Democrats had made gains on both the national and state levels. They had picked up 26 seats to gain a 219 to 193 advantage in the House, and flipped seven states in gubernatorial races, with Georgia’s results still unconfirmed and the vote potentially heading to a runoff in December.

But even as they lost full control of Congress, Republicans gained two seats in the Senate, and and could gain more. The GOP saw Governor Rick Scott take the lead in the Florida Senate race, but as of Wednesday morning the contest was too close to call, and could be headed for a recount. But the Republicans had solid Senate wins in Missouri, North Dakota and Indiana.

Trump, with his many visits to the state, no doubt helped Ron DeSantis win Florida’s governor seat by a hair.

Democrats yanked Nevada away from Republicans with Jacky Rosen unseating Dean Heller, but the GOP could still win Montana and Arizona, with each state’s Senate races still too close to call.

Keeping the Senate means Trump and the Republicans have the power to appoint and confirm federal judges, and Supreme Court justices. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has long said he was proud of how the GOP was able to shape the nation’s courts for generations to come, and with an aging Supreme Court, Trump could conceivably appoint more justices to the High Court.

GettyImages-1057886676 President Donald Trump attends a Make America Great Again rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on November 5. His heavy campaigning surely tipped a number of races in the GOP's favor. AFP via Getty Images/Jim Watson

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