Democrats have retaken the House of Representatives while Republicans preserve control of the Senate, according to media projections of midterm voting Tuesday, creating a divided Congress that will put up roadblocks to President Donald Trump's legislative agenda in the coming two years.
The result, which was expected, also serves as at least a partial rebuke of Trump, who had held numerous rallies across the country in support of Republican candidates and repeatedly insisted the election was essentially a referendum on his presidency.
“Today is more about Democrats and Republicans, it’s about restoring constitutional checks and balances to the Trump administration,” said Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California in a victory speech at Democratic party headquarters in Washington.
With control of the House for the first time in eight years, Democrats can do more than just obstruct Trump's legislative priorities. They will also be able to go on the attack, taking leadership of crucial House committees that have strong investigatory powers. Some Democrats have suggested they will demand to see the president's tax returns and investigate his personal finances and business interests, as well as his 2016 presidential election campaign's ties to Russia.