Data suggests were seeing a bigger backlash against an unpopular president than the US saw after Watergate.
Data suggests we're seeing a bigger backlash against an unpopular president than this country saw after Watergate. David McNew / Getty Images

In 1974, after a special counsel investigation brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon, a wave of voter anger gave Democrats control of the US House. That year, NBC News recounts, "of the more than 111 million votes cast in House races nationwide, Democrats took 53.1 percent... while Republicans received 45.2 percent."

And what about this year, as a special counsel continues to investigate Trump and some politicos claim that the Democratic wave in retaking the House wasn't all that impressive?

"While votes are still being tallied, Democratic House candidates currently hold an 8,805,130 vote lead over Republicans as of Monday morning," NBC News reports. "The Democrats' national margin of victory in House contests smashes the previous midterms record of 8.7 million votes in 1974, won just months after President Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace."

Keep that in mind if you still hear people saying that 2018 was a disappointing year for Democrats.