Analysts expected control of the House to flip to Democrats after this year’s midterm elections, when all 435 seats were up for grabs. About two dozen Republican-held districts that backed Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 were among the most vulnerable for the GOP.
Some factors were working in the Democrats’ favor, namely President Trump’s unpopularity and a favorable redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional lines. Retirements also provided opportunities for party flips.
The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report for 2018, the first full year examined under the Trump administration, shows a significant decline in employee engagement under the president's leadership.