Democrats WINs The House and Set to check Trump’s power
By midnight ET, the party had already picked up over two dozen seats in the House, more than the 23 needed to take the majority, with many West Coast results still outstanding.
“Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told volunteers at a Democratic celebration in D.C. Tuesday night.
“Every call you made, every door you knocked, every text you sent, every conversation you had made the difference between winning and losing in this election,” she said standing alongside other Democratic House leaders. “Thanks to you, we owned the ground.”
President Donald Trump called Pelosi Tuesday night to offer congratulations, her office said.
The first big pick-up for Democrats came early, when NBC News projected that incumbent GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., would lose her House seat in that state’s 10th Congressional District to Democrat Jennifer Wexton. The race, in a suburban northern Virginia district Hillary Clinton won by 10 percentage points in 2016, had been regarded by many observers as critical to Republican hopes of maintaining control of the lower chamber.
Also in Virginia, GOP Rep. Dave Brat, who defeated former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a major upset in a 2014 primary, lost Tuesday to Democrat Abigail Spanberger.