In an environment where he nearly entirely controls the narrative, this was no mean feat. Had Democrats nominated a candidate who paid attention to those states and who could connect with voters better, or perhaps just didn't have Clinton's baggage, it's very possible that Trump wouldn't have won any of them as those states stuck to their normal political identities.
After two years of handwringing, enough already.
"There's no question the Democrats would like to spend more money", Berger said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. The 2018 total even edged out the losses under George W. Bush in 2006, which was the last time the Democrats re-took the House in a midterm election. People like to use them to send a message halfway through a term, to fire a warning shot before the next Presidential poll. In Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati, turnout exceeded any midterm election over the last 30 years. After two years in the wilderness, the party seized control of the House of Representatives, after getting at least 230 seats.
Democrats won back the House, a flip that they say is the most important change of the election.
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".
But the country remains horribly split as his deeper red and rural support consolidates.
The bipartisan unity is less secure when it comes to trade talks with allies, however, and the new Democrat majority could make it more hard to win congressional approval for a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with Canada and Mexico.
And much as he's said of late that he could have been softer, that he would like to be softer, he knows that his supporters like him because he's not. Expect protracted wrestling matches over documents and testimony beginning soon after the first of the year.
This story was updated as of 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 7.
Vermont's sole delegate to the U.S. House says he hasn't decided who should serve as its next speaker. But the olive branch he extended was studded with thorns as he declared that he would retaliate if Democrats use their control of the House to issue subpoenas to seek his tax returns and investigate his business dealings, his Cabinet's conduct and his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, as expected.
"Regardless of the result ... we believe the two governments and the two peoples all want to maintain the sound and steady development of bilateral relations because we believe it is in the best interests of the worldwide community", Hua said.
"Proportionality is everything", Mr Neal said.
This is major, do not look away. He had frequently publicly castigated Sessions for recusing himself past year from the case. The whole world was closely watching and waiting to see if a system of checks and balances mechanism could be restored in America to rein in a Republican US president who has introduced some controversial foreign policies, from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement to relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "His numbers went up and ours went down", and GOP underperformed in 1998.
"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. Keep in mind, also, that on October 22, Trump said 82 untrue things in a single day, per CNN, boosting his total number of partial or entirely false claims since becoming president to 6,420. Who is this man and what have they done with the actual Donald Trump? The party's 2016 program ran to some 45 pages, listing dozens of goals: "Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class", "Protect Voting Rights", "Combat Climate Change", "Ending Violence Against Women", "Non-proliferation of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons" and on and on.
But Trump is not most presidents, and after making a gesture of decency, praising would-be House speaker Nancy Pelosi, he reverted back to his combative and confrontational mode in a freakish press conference in which he threatened to adopt a "warlike posture" against Democrats if they used their newfound power at the House to investigate his financial and political dealings.
"If that happens, then we're going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt", Trump said Wednesday at a combative, free-wheeling White House news conference.