From a pair of Native American women to a Somali refugee to the first openly gay man elected governor, the 2018 midterm elections brought a series of history-making votes that marked major accomplishments for women and LGBT candidates.
Here's a rundown of the history made on Election Day:
- First Native American women: Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress, CNN projected.
- First Muslim women: CNN projected Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress.
- First openly gay man elected governor: Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis' bid for governor will be successful, CNN projected, meaning the openly gay member of Congress will become the first openly gay man elected governor.
- First female senator from Tennessee: Rep. Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee when she outlasted a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who looked to run against his party to win in a state President Donald Trump won by 26 percentage points in 2016.
You can read more historic first results here.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a potential 2020 presidential contender, issued a statement celebrating Democrats' new majority in the US House of Representatives.
Bloomberg spent millions working to elect Democrats this election cycle.
Here's his statement:
“By winning the House, Democrats can now serve as a bulwark against a White House that has shown no respect for the rule of law -- and no interest in bringing the country together. The Democrats’ gains demonstrate that the American people want Congress to stand up to a reckless, divisive president - and to work across the aisle to tackle tough issues. Millions of Americans poured their hearts into the campaign to retake the House - and I was proud to be a part of the effort. We can do better in America today, and we must start now.”
Before they even won control of US House of Representatives, Democrats were quietly preparing to hold the Trump administration accountable.
In more than a dozen interviews, CNN has learned that Democrats on virtually every committee in the House of Representatives are carefully positioning themselves to be ready in the event that they find themselves in the majority after the midterms.
But, sources say, it is a delicate balance. After nearly a decade in the minority and two years having limited power to pursue oversight in the Trump administration, Democrats need to be prepared. But leaders are encouraging members to use restraint and be mindful of the fact they haven't won the majority yet and pursuing oversight too aggressively could set the party back in 2020.
Staff level discussions are well underway about how Democratic-led committees would divide the work and tackle whole entire controversies that have roiled the Trump administration from questions about whether the President's family has profited from Trump's time in the White House to ethics questions surrounding Cabinet secretaries to the very policies like family separations along the southern border that have made headlines.
One Democratic leadership aide told CNN that at this point, the key role of leaders is to help each of the committees coordinate their efforts so that investigations are targeted and yield results, not just rhetoric.
But there's reason to be cautious: One person familiar with ongoing discussions said Democrats are well aware that attacking every corner of controversy in the Trump administration could backfire politically just before a presidential election and put Democrats on the wrong track to keep the majority. Already, Republicans are using the threat of Democratic investigations to get out their base.
Democrats had a huge night in state legislative races — which are little-watched but crucial for redistricting.
Democrats have so far gained six “trifectas,” or states where they control the governor’s office and both chambers of the legislature. The new trifectas are...
- New Mexico
- New York
Those are added to the party’s eight existing trifectas (although the Connecticut governor’s race still bears watching).
They also busted four Republican trifectas: Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the party’s arm that works on state legislative races, said that as of 3 a.m. ET, Democrats had won 333 previously Republican-held seats.
These state legislative battles were among Republicans’ biggest successes during former President Barack Obama’s tenure, a period in which they gained nearly 1,000 seats.
Democrats had been at a major disadvantage in state capitals headed into this year’s midterm elections. But the party has also gained the governor’s offices in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin.
The estimated national turnout for the 2018 midterm election will end up around 113 million, according to Edison Research.
That would be approximately 49% of eligible voters.
With 91% of precincts reporting nationwide, here is the party breakdown so far.
- Democrats: 51,792,910 votes
- Republicans: 46,190,531 votes
Keep in mind: These numbers are an estimate and can change. Votes are still being counted.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders just tweeted that President Trump will have an 11:30 a.m. ET press news today.
The news conference comes one day after the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats on Tuesday captured the House of Representatives, Republicans held on to the Senate and women made history.
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's Election Day:
- Divided party control: Democrats won the House and are set to exert a major institutional check on President Trump. Republicans will keep control of the Senate. That could lead to more legislative gridlock unless the two parties are able to find common ground.
- A night of firsts: Two Democrats will become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will become the first Muslim women in Congress. Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis' bid for governor will be the first openly gay member of Congress will become the first openly gay man elected governor.
- The Georgia governor's race: Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, though trailing in the latest numbers, refused to concede the race in Georgia early this morning.
- Arizona is counting ballots: No winner was declared in the Arizona Senate race between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally. The Recorder’s Office will be verifying signatures on early voting ballots, as well as counting them.