President Donald Trump called Tuesday's (Nov 6) midterm congressional elections a "tremendous success", despite his Republican Party losing control of the House of Representatives.
Of the 35 seats up for grabs, 26 are held by Democrats and nine by Republicans. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen.
Trump, who will complete his second year in the White House in January 2019, has campaigned non-stop in the midterm elections, focusing on states where his Republican Party has a chance to pick up seats, especially in the US Senate.
It also will test Mr Trump's ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.
"If they want to impeach President Trump, I would give them some advice: I've been there, done that with (Bill) Clinton, and it didn't work out well for us", Graham said.
That would give the Senate the role of blocking House-passed Democratic initiatives on everything from health care to the potential repeal of tax cuts on the wealthy that the GOP enacted past year. If he is successful, he would become the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Texas in three decades.
Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Mr Trump remains popular.
Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Districts around the country reported unusually high turnout: according to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million Americans cast their ballots early ahead of this election, compared with 27.4 million in the 2014 midterm. "I like the fact that he is not a politician, and I forgive some of the socially incorrect or politically incorrect things that he says".
And in North Dakota, where Republicans picked up a seat that helped them hold onto control of the Senate, voters concerned about Kavanaugh broke strongly toward the GOP.
Most Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Mr Trump during the campaign's final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like keeping down healthcare costs, maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programmes for senior citizens. He himself has characterized the election as a referendum on his presidency.
AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press, highlighted Trump's impact.
Almost 40% of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Mr Trump. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges.
Pushing the Democrats closer to their House victory were Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten of IL, who unseated incumbent Republican Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam, respectively. Orrin Hatch. Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, his party's defeated 2016 vice presidential candidate, won re-election to the Senate.
Amid the recent rash of letter bombs and the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Trump issued alarming and often unfounded warnings about caravans of migrants crossing Mexico toward the USA, blaming Democrats, without evidence, for the threat he claimed they pose. And they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.
Trump had noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a progressive darling, mounted a strong challenge to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.