United States midterms: Donald Trump's enemies now in position to plot his demise

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And it was likely this fact that he was referencing when he tweeted: "Tremendous success tonight".

President Donald Trump stands repudiated in House voting nationwide.

S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.

With control of the lower chamber, Democrats will regain powerful oversight and subpoena powers they can use to investigate the Trump administration.

In theory, the new Democratic majority would have the capacity to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump should there be sufficient grounds in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

It's a pivotal moment for Nancy Pelosi - the beginning of a triumphal return as the nation's first female House speaker, or the start of a political reckoning over who should lead Democrats in the Donald Trump era.

Democrats won a number of historically Republican districts including many that Trump carried just two years ago.

Doubling the Democratic pain, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp crashed to defeat against Republican state lawmaker Kevin Cramer. Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

In Washington, only the House will change hands, as voters elevated the Democrats to serve as a check on the scandal-plagued President and his party.

The Center for Responsive Politics projected that the 2018 election was, by far, the most expensive midterm election in US history.

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Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.

Democrats were riding to victory Tuesday with strong support from women turned off by Trump's bullying style and among suburban voters with higher incomes and education levels.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts. The extraordinary U.S. midterm election has been a tug of war over key issues, but none has had a more dramatic impact on voters than Donald Trump, the man who isn't even on the ballot.

Trump was watching the results roll in from the White House, where he spent the day holed up with friends and family.

The election near the halfway mark of a president's first term is traditionally a referendum on the White House occupant.

Prominent Democrats, such as Representative Adam Schiff, who is in line to chair the House Intelligence Committee, have joined Republicans backing measures to clamp down on China, like legislation treating ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd technology and phones as major cyber security threats.

Later in her speech, Pelosi evoked the Founding Fathers: "The founders could never have imagined how vast our country would become, how many we would be, how different we would be from each other".

Republicans banked on those dynamics being offset by a vibrant economy and by a president whose insult-laden approach to political discourse was as stirring for conservative voters as it was infuriating to liberals. Voters agree. Two-thirds of those casting ballots said their vote was about Trump, according to preliminary exit polls posted by CNN.

He says it himself: Even though Trump is not on the ballot, he is at the heart of the 2018 vote. That's despite Oprah getting involved in her campaign in the final days. Ahead of the election, both parties claimed that the emotionally charged debate over Kavanaugh's confirmation would motivate their supporters to turn out.

Sending thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border to counter a migrant "invasion", questioning the validity of birthright citizenship, and spreading stories of scandalous murders by undocumented immigrants: Trump and his Republicans are making immigration a closing argument of the campaign. And no one could argue that the weight of the presidential office or administrative officials, the so-called adults in the room would prevent Trump from acting upon his worst impulses. Instead he promoted an expletive-loaded video featuring a Latino man convicted of murdering two police officers, which was widely decried as being racist.

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