Both Parties Already Looking Past Midterms to 2020 Race

"Unless it is a miracle, we are going to vote against them", Mr. Palmer said. And boxes of "uncounted" ballots are being found all over the country. Jordan called for House Republicans to fight with the same "intensity" as President Donald Trump on his priorities. The entire House will elect a new speaker in January. According to the Orange County Register, he first started the position in 1985 and was central in making the county a Republican stronghold.

McCarthy told reporters Wednesday that the more than $100 million Bloomberg spent helping Democrats win the majority "unfortunately" hurt Republican women.

"The electoral tide nearly always pulls against the president's party during his first midterm election, and this year's tide was especially strong because President Trump has been especially divisive", said Matthew Beckmann, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine.

The Cook Political Reports' November 16 tallies for the House races are showing a whopping 7.3% overall lead for Democrats. They installed Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as House Republican Conference chairman, as her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, sporting a cowboy hat, looked on.

Republicans believe Trump's intensive campaigning in key Senate races in states he won two years ago made a difference in defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Claire McCaskill in Missouri and, if Rick Scott's lead holds up, Bill Nelson in Florida. Joni Ernst, who, as Republican Conference Vice-Chair, is the first woman to serve in her party's elected leadership since 2010. Debbie Stabenow of MI was re-elected as Democratic policy committee chair.

While the faces of Democratic Senate leadership remained largely the same, Republicans saw a shake-up due to term limits and retirements.

Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz celebrates during the election night event by the Democratic Party, Nov. 6, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn.

Also Wednesday, senators in both parties elected their leaders for the next session of Congress. Kentucky's Mitch McConnell will return as Republican majority leader while New York's Chuck Schumer will be back as Democratic minority leader.

The 116th Congress members-elect pose for a group photo on the East Front Plaza of the US Capitol.

Newcomers like Schrier are a small part of the overall Democratic takeover of the House majority.

The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose Wednesday. Running to fill the open seat of retiring Rep. Lamar Smith, a veteran Congressman regarded by science advocates as one of the most antiscience lawmakers in the House, Kopser lost by about three points.

The leadership election comes as incoming freshmen lawmakers are in town for orientation. "I'm glad to see more women and minorities take leadership because our party is more successful when it represents its constituents to the fullest", said Larry D. Simmons Sr, an outreach specialist from Gadsden County.

  • Rogelio Becker