Fox News projected that Democrats would win control of the House, although it did not predict the margin of victory or elaborate on how it made the call. Democrats were gaining speed in their quest for the House, which would give them the ability to launch investigations into the president and stymie his agenda.
"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, per the Washington Post.
Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to capture the House after a contentious campaign season, enabling them to slam the brakes on Trump's agenda and exercise renewed oversight of his administration.
The road to a House majority ran through two dozen suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
The first victories from Democrats in the state came in 2017, where Philadelphia-area Democrats won seats on the Delaware County Council for the first time in decades, and captured offices in both Chester and Bucks counties.
More women than ever were running, along with military veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise.
Chances are, though, that it was a wash; it probably stimulated the Republican base and made sure those voters turned out but also irritated and thereby motivated suburban voters the Democrats needed to win the House.
In North Carolina, Republicans were struggling to hold onto a seat where Baptist minister Mark Harris ousted a GOP incumbent in the primary.
The Democrats' extensive gains in the House, and their capture of several powerful governorships, in many cases represented a vindication of the party's more moderate wing.
The party's candidates won races for governor and the Senate in the three states that delivered Trump the presidency - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
"We'll just have to work a little bit differently", he told reporters when asked how he'd live with a Democrat-controlled lower chamber. But Trump helped Republicans claim governors' seats in OH and in Florida, where his hand-picked choice, Ron DeSantis, edged Andrew Gillum in the state's high-profile governors' race.
"I want to encourage you to stick to the fight, " said Gillum, who was thought to be a rising star with national ambitions.
More voters disapproved of Trump's job performance than approved - a finding that is largely consistent with recent polling.
Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.
So if Trump can't give the USA economy another jolt of fiscal stimulus, the economy may slow.meaning United States interest rates might not rise as fast as feared. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election.
Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes.
The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.
One of Trump's most vocal defenders on immigration, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, lost his bid for governor. He served as vice chairman of Trump's now-defunct commission on voter fraud. Both Barack Obama's and Bill Clinton's numbers were 5 points higher, and both suffered major midterm losses of 63 and 54 House seats respectively. The path of least resistance for Democrats to a majority in that chamber led through educated suburban districts that had long voted for Republicans, but contained voters that may have been uneasy with Donald Trump's policies and rhetoric.
While Democratic losses were expected, particularly in the Senate, some hurt worse than others. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke tipping toward Cruz, according to NBC News and the Associated Press.
High-profile races for governor in Georgia, Florida and OH also were too close to call. In North Dakota, Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Claire McCaskill. And in Tennessee, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a top Democratic recruit.
Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Bob Menendez held on after tough campaigns in West Virginia and New Jersey respectively, but it was cold comfort.
Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon won a Republican-held seat in Pennsylvania, while Democrat Jason Crow won a Republican-held House seat in Colorado. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in a hung jury.
"I think, like the TV stations have been saying, it's a referendum on the Trump presidency", said Eloisa Alvarez as she voted in Miami.
It's a dynamic that Ohio Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"Under President Trump's leadership, the Republican National Committee has raised more than a quarter billion dollars, fueling an extraordinary ground game geared toward defying midterm history and protecting the GOP's majorities". There were far more campaign advertisements on the left about congressional Republicans endangering access to health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions than there were about a president who many liberals fear is a menace to American democracy.
Hispanic voters favored Democratic House candidates by 33 percentage points - higher than the 18-percentage point gap that Democrats enjoyed in 2014, the poll found.