POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

The day after elections, what’s changed and what’s to come?

BY David Cruz, Senior Correspondent |

The headline coming out of the midterm elections is that Democrats will now control the House of Representatives.

Needing to turn 23 seats, Democrats got at least 28, changing the face of the House, putting the brakes on the president’s legislative agenda and making partisan investigations more likely.

In the Senate, though, Republicans held their own and, in fact, extended their majority — 51 to 46.

The president was claiming victory Wednesday.

“We should get along and get deals done. Now we can investigate. They look at us; we look at them. It goes on for two years. Then, at the end of two years, nothing’s done. Now, what’s bad for them is that being in the majority, I’m just going to blame them. You understand? I’m going to blame them — they’re the majority. Honestly, it makes it much simpler for me,” President Donald Trump said.

There are a few races still to be called, but New Jersey’s Mike Sherrill was one of 103 women who won seats Tuesday. Add 10 women already serving in the Senate and that’s a new record.

Democrats can also claim victory in governor’s races, flipping seven from New Mexico to Connecticut, although Republicans held on to Florida, Iowa and Ohio, three key presidential election states come 2020.

The president also endorsed Nancy Pelosi for another term as speaker, saying he could work with her.

Ultimately, for all the fervor, the midterms settled nothing, and with the presidential season about to begin, it’s anybody’s guess what the long-term implications will be of Tuesday’s vote.

In the meantime, enjoy your television programs that are free from political ads for at least another year and a half.