With results still coming in, newsmedia projected the Democratic Party fulfilled their goal of flipping the United States House of Representatives from red to blue.
And at almost 3:00am EST Wednesday morning, it became official when Democrats were declared the winners in 218 House seats. The 116th Congress will convene in January 2019 with Democrats in control of the House.
The House flipped from blue to red in the 2012 presidential election year. The 114th and 115th Congress saw Republicans controlling both houses after successfully taking control of the Senate from the Democrats during the 2014 midterm election.
MSNBC first projected a Democratic flip of the House with CNN, NBC and The New York Times following soon after.
NYT is projecting Democrats win a ~9% margin in the House popular vote. The last time we saw a margin like that was 08, amidst a collapsing economy and a loathed war.
Unemployment is 3.7% right now. America isn’t at war. A margin this big is nuts — a pure repudiation of Trump.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 7, 2018
Democrat Jennifer Wexton of Virginia beat incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock of Virginia to flip the first seat in the House.
— 🌊Vote November 6🌊 (@CondieKristine) November 7, 2018
She was soon followed by Democrat Donna Shalala winning the seat of retiring Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida.
Other notable Democratic wins included Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico who will became the first Native American women to ever serve in Congress. Ayanna Pressley became the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress.
.@sharicedavids becomes the first-ever Native American woman to serve in the House and the first openly gay representative from Kansas. About time! In fact, well past time. Congratulations, Sharice.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 7, 2018
Democrat Sharice Davids has defeated Republican Kevin Yoder in Kansas.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) November 7, 2018
HISTORIC: The race has been called!
— Diné Millennials Today (@DineMillennials) November 7, 2018
#BREAKING: Democrat Ayanna Pressley is projected to win in Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, becoming the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress in state history. https://t.co/aEbQQMVVRY pic.twitter.com/OMj07Vx4RW
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) November 7, 2018
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota become the first Muslim women to win seats in Congress as well.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 7, 2018
Not 1, but TWO Muslim American congresswomen officially WIN tonight.
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) November 7, 2018
And New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 7, 2018
New Democratic Representatives begin their terms in January. Several notable GOP incumbents failed to win their reelection bids.
Democrats flipped seats in Florida, New York, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. The GOP flipped two seats, one in Pennsylvania and one in Minnesota.
In Maine’s 2nd Congressional district, the state’s new ranked choice voting came into play as neither of the two frontrunners, incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin nor Democratic challenger Jared Golden managed to garner over 50 percent of voter support.
Maine became the first state in the nation to begin using ranked choice voting which allows voters to rank all candidates in order of their preference on the ballot, making a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc… choice. Those rankings are used to decide the winner if no candidate receives over 50 percent of the initial tally. Once all precincts are at 100 percent reported, the instant runoff process begins using voters ranked choices.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted a Democratic win, but people had doubts.
— Helene Holstein (@HelHathNoFury) November 7, 2018
“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans. It’s about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” says Nancy Pelosi, shortly after CNN projects that Democrats will take control of the House https://t.co/BvsJ35AvPQ pic.twitter.com/8LWJbEXMhk
— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2018
People blamed outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—who retired rather than run for reelection.
And it’s a Paul Ryan fail and not a Trump referendum
— ABcync (@Abcync) November 7, 2018
If we had any Speaker other than swamp rat Paul Ryan the House wouldn’t even be in question.#DrainTheSwamp
— DOUG 🇺🇸 🔸 Switch 625 🔸 (@Doug625) November 7, 2018
While the President referred to the night as a success despite losses in the House and in Governor’s races.
Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 7, 2018
Plenty of people celebrated online.