Democrats Retake House for First Time Since 2010

Pelosi promises a 'new day in America'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2018 12:14 AM CST
Updated Nov 7, 2018 5:21 AM CST
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Democratic supporters watch voting returns from the midterm elections at Cuba Libre lounge in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.   (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
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(Newser) – It wasn't exactly a blue tsunami, but Democrats regained control of the House for the first time since 2010 in Tuesday's midterm elections after flipping at least 26 seats on their way to the 218 needed for a majority, dealing a massive blow to President Trump's hopes of enacting his agenda. "Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, per the Washington Post. Pelosi, who is expected to seek to return to her role as House speaker, said the victory "is about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration." She promised to "drain the swamp" and strive for accountability and bipartisanship.

Trump called Pelosi late Tuesday to congratulate her on the Democratic victory, although press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had earlier suggested he wouldn't, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Trump called Pelosi at 11:45pm "to extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority," tweeted Drew Hamill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff. "He acknowledged the Leader's call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks." The AP reports that the Democratic road to victory involved flipping seats in Rust Belt states and suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Redistricting helped the party score some big wins in Pennsylvania, where at least three red seats flipped to blue. (Read more Election 2018 stories.)

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