Federal Spotlight: Recap of House and Senate Results

November 8, 2018

In one of the most contentious and highly contested midterm elections in modern history, both Democrats and Republicans have cause for celebration and anguish based on Tuesday’s results.

In the U.S. House, Democrats took control of the lower chamber for the first time since 2010 by winning at least 28 seats. It was widely projected going into the night that Democrats would win at least a net gain of 23 seats, which would put them back in charge of the House.

In the U.S. Senate, Republicans added as many as three seats to their current majority. Republicans maintaining control of the upper chamber was imperative for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell because this means they can continue to add judges, who receive lifetime appointments, to the federal bench.

Now that Democrats are leading the House, you can expect a flurry of investigations to be launched into the Trump administration and possibly articles of impeachment being filed against the president. However, you could also potentially see deals on immigration and infrastructure now that there is divided government in Washington.