WASHINGTON (AP) - Nancy Pelosi is telling Democratic lawmakers and supporters that elections are about the future and "thank you all for making the future better for all of America's children".
Democrats picked up at least 10 Republican-held seats as they moved closer to winning control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, but faced an uphill climb to wrest a majority from President Donald Trump's party in the US Senate. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized.
The House of Representatives has flipped from Republican control into the hands of the Democrats, US networks projected.
But anti-incumbent fervor helped sweep House Democrats out of power in 2010, during President Barack Obama's first term, and it threatened to hurt Republicans this year, dramatically remaking the map in key states from Pennsylvania to California.
At an election-night celebration in Washington, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the House who may soon return to the office of House speaker, signalled how central the theme of checking Mr Trump and cleaning up government was to the party's success.
With some races still undecided, Democrats appeared headed to a gain of more than 30 seats, well beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.
Women were assured of 85 seats in the House, a record.
Democratic gains included several suburban districts eyed for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton, including seats outside Washington, Philadelphia, Miami and Denver.
More women than ever were running, along with military veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise. Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida is narrowly trailing his Republican challenger, Governor Rick Scott, by less than one%age point with 99% of precincts reporting.
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.
But by maintaining the intense support of his red-state conservative base, Mr Trump strengthened his party's hold on the Senate and extended Republican dominance of several swing states crucial to his re-election campaign, including Florida, Iowa and OH where the GOP retained the governorships.
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams could become the first female African-American governor in the U.S. if she can beat Republican opponent Brian Kemp after a bitter campaign.
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"I want to encourage you to stick to the fight, " said Gillum, who was thought to be a rising star with national ambitions.
Overall, 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. Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing up "for what he believes in". Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election. About 40 million early votes were likely cast, said Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who tracks the figures.
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.
He travelled to "Trump Country" and campaigned in a way that had all the hallmarks of his successful presidential run. He served as vice chairman of Trump's now-defunct commission on voter fraud. Trump had been tweeting support for specific GOP candidates, even as he acknowledged potential losses by emphasizing that his focus was on the Senate. 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.
But also in Texas, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic congressman and former punk rock singer who had raised an unprecedented $60 million in his mission to win in the Republican stronghold, fell short to arch-conservative former presidential contender Ted Cruz.
High-profile races for governor in Georgia, Florida and OH also were too close to call.
Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted first-term incumbent Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat in Indiana. In Missouri, Josh Hawley knocked off Democratic Sen. Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn won an open Senate seat. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in a hung jury.
Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.
For Democrats, their House triumph was particularly redemptive - not only because of how crestfallen they were in the wake of Mrs Clinton's defeat but due to how they found success this year.