Dems flip 39 House seats in final tally as losing GOP lawmaker tears into Trump

Democrats made a net gain of 39 House seats in this year's midterm elections, NBC News has concluded, after Democrat Ben McAdams defeated GOP Rep. Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District.

That race was NBC News' lone remaining uncalled contest.

The gains that propelled Democrats to retake the majority in the House come on the back of the largest margin of victory, in terms of total votes, that either party has seen in a midterm election. Democrats held the prior record for vote margin, which came in 1974 with the backdrop of the Watergate scandal.

Though President Donald Trump's first midterm election was not particularly kind to him, it is common for the party not in control of the White House to make significant gains in that initial midterm. On the House side, former President Barack Obama saw Republicans make a 63-seat net gain in 2010, while former President Bill Clinton watched as the GOP picked up 54 seats in 1994.

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love walks to greets supporters during an election night party, in Lehi, Utah. Love has cut into Democratic challenger Ben McAdams' lead as vote-counting continues in the race that remains too close to call a week after Election Day. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Republican U.S. congressional candidate and Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love waves as she arrives to address delegates during the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012 REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Mia Love, the Republican candidate for the 4th congressional district, walks through party headquarters as results come in for the U.S. presidential election in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/George Frey (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEADSHOT POLITICS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ELECTIONS)
Mia Love, the Republican candidate for the 4th congressional district, talks to the press from the party headquarters as results come in for the U.S. presidential election in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/George Frey (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEADSHOT POLITICS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ELECTIONS)
Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love addresses supporters during an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Lehi, Utah. Love expressed optimism in the race against Democrat Ben McAdams, as votes continued to be counted in the state's 4th congressional district. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 03: U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 3, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative issues. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 03: U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 3, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative issues. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs and Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, talks about her political platform in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
Mia Love, the former two-term Republican representative from Utah's 4th Congressional District holds a press conference at the Utah Republican Party headquarters, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 Salt Lake City. Love was joined by her parents Mary Bourdeau and Jean Maxine Bourdeau, husband Jason, daughter Alessa and son Peyton. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
Surrounded by her family, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, talks about election results in the 4th Congressional District at the Utah Republican Party headquarters Monday Nov. 26, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Mia Love, the former two-term republican representative from Utah's 4th Congressional District held a press conference at the Utah Republican Party headquarters, Nov. 26, 2018 to discuss her accomplishments, Washington politics, President Donald Trump and her future.(Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love greets supporters during an election night party, in Lehi, Utah. Love has cut into Democratic challenger Ben McAdams' lead as vote-counting continues in the race that remains too close to call a week after Election Day. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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On the Senate side, Republicans gained one seat with one race still outstanding. That race, the special Senate election to fill former GOP Sen. Thad Cochran's seat in Mississippi, went to a runoff election after no candidate topped 50 percent of the vote. The runoff election takes place Tuesday.

NBC News and other outlets called California's 21st Congressional District for Republican David Valadao, but he leads his opponent by fewer than 500 votes with thousands of ballots still outstanding. NBC News is closely watching the vote as it continues to come in, and expects an update Monday evening from at least one county.

In her concession speech Monday, Love hit back at the president for his comments about her immediately following Election Day. In a press conference, Trump blasted a number of Republican lawmakers, including Love, for not embracing him closely enough and losing their races. Love's race, however, was too close to call for weeks following the election.

"Mia Love. I saw Mia Love, and she would call me all the time to help her with a hostage situation, being held hostage in Venezuela," Trump said on Nov. 7, in reference to Josh Holt, a Utahn who was imprisoned in Venezuela without trial for nearly two years. "But Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia."

Love said Monday that she was glad she pressed Trump repeatedly about Holt, adding that she was surprised by Trump's comments.

"The president's behavior towards me made me wonder, what did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican," Love said. "It was not really about asking him to do more, was it? Or was it something else? Well, Mr. President, we'll have to chat about that. However, this gave me a clear vision of his world as it is — no real relationships, just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy."

Love then tore into Republicans for their treatment of minority voters before vigorously defending conservative policies as more beneficial to all Americans.

"Because Republicans never take minority communities into their home and citizens into their home and into their hearts, they stay with Democrats and bureaucrats in Washington because they do take them home or at least make them feel like they have a home," Love said. "I've seen the cost of conservatives for not truly taking people into their hearts."

"Democrats saw newly elected black members and women into Congress this election," she continued. "This is a matter of fact that Republicans lost in this regard. However, minority communities need to ask themselves this question also: At what cost? What is the cost of staying with the Democrat Party that perpetually delivers exactly what you need to stay exactly where you are?"

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