But in reality, it wasn't - it was a bad loss, a repudiation; the real weakness evident in the two parts of the country where he needs to win to get re-elected suggests Trump will just be a weakened president over the next two years.
Elijah Cummings, now the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, also has a wish list of probes, including Mr Trump's apparent interference in a plan to build a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; drug pricing under the Trump administration; and the mishandling of the deadly 2017 hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. By nationalizing the election, he might have blunted what could have been a Democratic wave - say, winning 40-plus seats instead of at least 27 - in the House.
Trump said he'll now have "a much easier path" than if the GOP had held the House by a couple of seats, because Democrats will come to him with plans "and we'll negotiate it". Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998.
Republicans are expected to pickup a net gain of two Senate seats following the midterms.
Men, meanwhile, were about evenly split, with 50 percent voting for Republicans to 48 percent choosing Democrats. LePage governed largely by mobilizing the House minority Republican caucus to sustain a record number of 642 vetoes - more than all other ME governors combined going back to 1917 and 80 times as many as his predecessor, Baldacci.
The opposite trends in the House and the Senate speak to the quirks of the political system but also the growing divide between urban, diverse, more affluent Democratic areas and largely white, rural conservative regions.
LePage vetoed bills five times that would have expanded the state's Medicaid system to an additional 70,000 low-income Mainers.
The hotel is housed in the historic Old Post Office, which is owned by the federal government, and its lease has a clause barring any "elected official of the government of the United States" from deriving "any benefit". "They can do whatever they want and I can do whatever I want".
"These are things we can accomplish with the support and collaboration of our Republican colleagues", Libby said.
Governors - who head the executive branch in state governments - have been chosen in 36 out of 50 states.
For example, Cummings and other Democratic lawmakers past year filed a federal lawsuit demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president. He said that Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, "gave me no love, and she lost".
Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border. "Mr. Trump has magic about him", the tweeted stated. That money is included in the state's current two-year budget but is not committed for the future.
"I think the key principle is that we've got to make progress on the real problems of the country". The two houses of Congress write the laws, and the president enforces them. Trump said he was moving on, and the reporter actually refused to give up the microphone when an aide tried to take it. "And you can be damn sure that is what we intend to do in the ME state Senate".
"I think people like the job I'm doing", Trump told a free-wheeling news conference at the White House which featured several acrimonious exchanges with reporters.
"There's plenty of opportunity", Pelosi said, noting she worked productively with President George W. Bush during her last turn as speaker.
"With the Democrats taking over the House we will now have to see what gridlock in Congress means for policy".
"I come in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions and I have people jumping out of their seats shouting questions at me", he complained.
LePage issued a prepared statement congratulating all the winners of Tuesday's elections.
Trump said he hadn't asked Pence yet but then turned to the vice president and said: "Mike, will you be my running mate?"