Who is happier after Midterms?

The Democrats took the House, Republicans kept the Senate


Defiant Trump declares victory, battles press in wake of midterms

President Donald Trump offered outward optimism Wednesday at his party's electoral successes, a cheeriness that was later belied by surly, combative exchanges with reporters over the dark tone he adopted in the midterms' closing days.

In a post-election news conference, a weary-seeming President ticked through his party's wins, characterizing an expanded majority in the Senate as a history-defying feat of political prowess. He shrugged off new threats from Democrats, who will assume control of the House with new investigative power.

But when the questions started coming, the President's sunny outlook melted away. He lashed out at questions about his fear-mongering and race-baiting rhetoric against immigrants, and demanded a reporter inquiring about voter suppression take her seat.

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Democratic voters more pleased with divided Congress than Republicans | YouGov

65% of Republicans thought the GOP would keep both houses

Divided control, although it could simply lead to more gridlock in Washington, turns out to be a victory of sorts for Democratic voters this year. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, conducted before last night's outcome was determined, Democrats claimed they would be happy with Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives and Republicans retaining control of the Senate.

But for Republican voters, split control of the Congress is definitely a bad thing.

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US Democrats win House in blow to Trump

The Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump.

A Democratic majority in the lower chamber for the first time in eight years will restrict his ability to steer his programme through Congress.

But Mr Trump's Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate.

Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.

The election confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms.

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