Ed Rendell: Democrats, you've won the House -- Don't just investigate, legislate!

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During the campaign, President Trump made every effort to convince voters to retain the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

With control of Congress and statehouses across the nation at stake, numerous nation's top elections were too close to call.

He amplified that message with an advertisement linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime, which aired on NBC on Sunday night. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well.

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.

She is in line to become speaker, and said her party will bring "accountability" to the administration, though she also said they'll strive for bipartisan deals on infrastructure, health care and drug prices.

In recent days, Mr Trump has accused Democrats of being "radical socialists who want to model America's economy after Venezuela", and said they wanted to invite "caravan after caravan of illegal aliens into our country".

While a Democratic House would block some of Trump's plans, a GOP majority enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas. Firstly, in a broad sense, many see the midterms as a referendum on the performance of the sitting president, so poor performance for the Republicans could be an ominous sign of what's to come in 2020.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Republicans entered the night in control of 33 governor's mansions, compared to 16 for the Democrats.

In suburban Virginia, Democrat Jennifer Wexton ousted incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock, while another Democrat, Donna Shalala, seized a Republican district in Florida.

In the last 24 years, Democrats have only controlled the House of Representatives for four years.

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Democrats were always facing an uphill battle in the Senate this year because they were defending 26 seats, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election. Elizabeth Warren in MA, according to CNN projections. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to take back the House.

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him. And I think that some of the more radical leftist members of the House on the Democratic side are going to become committee chairs.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

Democrat Ed Rendell served as Pennsylvania's 45th governor and also served as mayor of Philadelphia. McAdams believes that Democrats failed to offer an "alternative narrative" and that might hurt them at the ballot box.

Texas candidates Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz (top), and Missouri candidates Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley (bottom) are in two of many very close Senate races that will be resolved as votes roll in.

Numerous most competitive races for the House of Representatives will be fought in the suburbs, where anecdotally we have been hearing that white married women could be moving away from the GOP.

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