🇺🇸 Good Wednesday morning.
⚡ The state of play: Democrats picked up the House, winning at least 26 seats after needing a net gain of 23 for control — and Republicans expanded their grip on the Senate, flipping Democratic seats in North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
The midterms produced a divided Congress that's emblematic of a split America, drifting further apart and pointing to poisonous years ahead.
Fox News' Karl Rove, the former George W. Bush architect, said: "Let’s be clear. ... Both parties are broken."
Shades of 2016: The blue wave was a lot less ferocious and unanimous than much of the polling, forecasts and commentary had led Americans to expect.
Be smart: Although President Trump lost the House, he made the midterms about the Senate during his final swing. And the White House feels vindicated by wins in Indiana and — likely — Florida.
Go deeper: See the latest results in our live map.
With a new Democratic House majority, the Trump White House is bracing for a caravan of subpoenas covering everything from Russia to business deals to soon be headed their way.
Democratic House committee chairs will now have subpoena power, with the ability to demand emails, budgets, schedules, meeting notes and testimony from top administration officials.
The coming hell ... In August, Jonathan Swan reported that Capitol Hill Republicans were circulating a spreadsheet previewing the investigations Democrats would likely launch if they flipped the House.
Alumni of George W. Bush's White House recalled what it was like after Democrats won the House in 2006.
Be smart: Democrats privately predict impeachment hearings will hit in 2019.
Women killed it, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
At least 111 women were elected, including:
See the firsts, with pics.
State-level resurgence for Dems ... Democrats fought back "to power in state capitols across the country by reclaiming governor’s seats in several key states, marking significant steps in their nationwide strategy to reverse years of Republican gains in state capitols," AP's David Lieb reports:
Why it matters: "Republicans entered Tuesday’s election with a sizable advantage, controlling two-thirds of the 99 state legislative chambers and 33 governors’ offices."
Some of the Democrats' brightest hopes and freshest faces failed to bring home a win across some of the most closely-watched races in the nation.
P.S. ... Another star Dem in flux: "As Election Day gave way to the early morning hours Wednesday, the bruising, often bitter race to become Georgia's next governor continued to defy a ready resolution. With nearly all votes counted, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp enjoyed a slim lead — but his defiant Democratic opponent, former state Rep. Stacey Abrams, has vowed to push on in hopes of a runoff," reports NPR.
"Beto O'Rourke's national star power took him closer to a statewide election win than any other Texas Democrat in decades, but in the end it was not enough for his long-shot quest to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz," per the Houston Chronicle's Kevin Diaz.
"F-bomb" on MSNBC: "Thanking his campaign supporters for their spirited challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz, [O'Rourke] said on live television: ... 'All of you, showing the country how you do this. I’m so f---ing proud of you guys.'" (AP)
NBC's Tom Brokaw, on Election Night 1994, the year of the Newt Gingrich-led Republican Revolution:
Tom Brokaw, last night:
"French President Emmanuel Macron called for the creation of a 'true European army,' issuing a sharp critique of trans-Atlantic security ties days before U.S. President Trump is due to visit France," The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription):
"Macron made the remarks as part of a weeklong tour of World War I battlefields ahead of the centenary of the Nov. 11 Armistice, when the French leader is due to host Mr. Trump, Vladimir Putin of Russia and many other heads of state."
"A group sent 8,000 pizzas to hungry voters as they waited in long lines that plagued polling places across the country," AP reports from Phoenix.
Why it matters: "The nonprofit enjoyed a boost in recent days because of tweets and donations from celebrities like Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Mandy Moore and Patton Oswalt, raising more than $300,000 over a 24-hour period."