With Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: The 2018 midterm elections were a acclamation on Donald Trump. Two-thirds of voters said the admiral was a bureau in how they voted, according to arrangement avenue polls. That accustomed Democrats to win ascendancy of the House, and Republicans to aggrandize their majority in the Senate. Actuality are 10 takeaways from the results:
1. Backlash to Trump embodied in the suburbs.
Nancy Pelosi looks assertive to get her speaker’s gavel aback afterwards eight years as boyhood leader, and it’s acknowledgment to college-educated burghal women. From Denver to Dallas and Detroit, the Democratic aisle ran through the suburbs. Republican incumbents went bottomward in the ‘burbs alfresco Chicago (Peter Roskam), Minneapolis (Erik Paulsen), St. Paul (Jason Lewis), Houston (John Culberson) and even, unexpectedly, Oklahoma City (Steve Russell).
To accentuate aloof how abundant of a annoyance Trump was in the suburbs of Kansas City, an aboveboard lesbian Built-in American who acclimated to be a able kickboxer alleged Sharice Davids agitated Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.).
Preliminary avenue acclamation appearance that women voted for House Democrats by a 21-point margin, 60 percent to 39 percent, while men breach (48 percent backed Democrats and 50 percent backed Republicans).
Key in all these challenge is that independents bankrupt adjoin aldermanic Democrats for the aboriginal time aback Barack Obama led the admission in 2008. Avenue acclamation appearance that the 3 in 10 voters who didn’t analyze with either affair accurate Democratic candidates by a 13-point margin, 54 percent to 41 percent. In 2016, for example, independents advantaged Republican candidates by a four-point margin. In 2014, Republicans won indies by 12 points.
Just arctic of Dallas, House Rules Board Administrator Pete Sessions was defeated by above NFL amateur Colin Allred. Two years ago, Sessions didn’t alike acquire a Democratic amateur — as Hillary Clinton agitated the district. This defeat is symically cogent because Sessions chaired the Civic Republican Aldermanic Board aback the affair won the House in 2010.
In the Atlanta suburbs, Republican Karen Handel — who won the appropriate acclamation aftermost year to alter Tom Price in what became the best big-ticket House chase in U.S. history — looks like she ability acquire about lost. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Lucy McBath leads by aloof over 2,000 votes. The chase hasn’t been called, but the 6th Aldermanic Commune has one of the accomplished shares of college-educated voters in the country.
2. Trump’s 11-rally, six-day beforehand exhausted helped Republicans far exhausted expectations in the Senate.
Candidates the admiral catholic to beforehand for in the homestretch agape out Democratic incumbents in Missouri, Indiana and Arctic Dakota. In two added Senate challenge that haven’t been alleged this morning, Republicans are currently arch Democratic incumbents. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson trails Gov. Rick Scott, and Montana Sen. Jon Tester is hardly abaft accompaniment accountant Matt Rosendale with 82 percent of precincts reporting.
Arizona has not been alleged yet either, but with 99.3 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Rep. Martha McSally leads Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema by 16,000 votes — which is aloof beneath one allotment point.
The big winners in the Senate — Arctic Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, Indiana agent Mike Braun and Missouri Advocate Accustomed Josh Hawley — all apprenticed adherence to Trump, as did Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), who defeated above Democratic governor Phil Bredesen in Tennessee to alter backward GOP Sen. Bob Corker.
In case you had any doubt, it turns out Trump’s endorsement packs a abundant bigger bite than Taylor Swift’s in the home of country music. Amid those who voted, according to the exits, the president’s approval appraisement was 57 percent in Tennessee, 53 percent in Indiana, 52 percent in Arizona and 51 percent in both Missouri and Florida.
The after-effects beforehand that Trump could be added appalling aback he runs for reelection in 2020 than his critics appetite to acknowledge. Republicans captivated the governorships in Florida and Ohio, for example, the two abiding presidential battlegrounds.
3. But, but, but: Not aggregate Trump touches turns to gold.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said in 2016 that he “vehemently” adjoin Trump, and he alike alternating a beforehand accession he’d accustomed from the GOP nominee. Trump absent the accompaniment in 2016, but Heller afflicted his tune aftermost year to avoid a primary claiming and to accumulate his abject from splintering. Aback Trump came to for him in Elko two weeks ago, Heller hugged him. “Mr. President,” he said, “everything you draft turns to gold.”
Apparently, that’s not so in the Silver State. Acknowledgment partly to able Latino turnout, Heller absent reelection to Rep. Jacky Rosen (D), who Trump nicknamed “Wacky Jacky,” by bristles points. Republican Adam Laxalt, the accompaniment advocate general, absent the governor’s chase to Democrat Steve Sisolak. And Republican Danny Tarkanian absent the advancing chase for Rosen’s accessible House seat.
In Kansas, which the admiral agitated by 21 credibility two years ago, Trump acolyte Kris Kobach absent the governor’s chase to Democratic accompaniment Sen. Laura Kelly. Trump’s own political advisers and the Republican Governors Association had pleaded with the admiral not to endorse Kobach in the GOP primary because he’s such a polarizing and alienated figure. But Trump acquainted adherence to the Kansas secretary of state, who brash him on clearing during the 2016 beforehand and co-chaired his now disbanded bureau that was set up to validate Trump’s apocryphal claims of boundless aborigine fraud. Kobach had additionally become hunting buddies with Donald Trump Jr. Ultimately, the admiral accustomed him — and he belted out sitting Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer by aloof 350 votes in August. Strategists in both parties accede that Colyer would acquire won the primary and the accustomed acclamation had Trump not accustomed Kobach.
Trump’s endorsements additionally amount Republicans a House bench in South Carolina. With the president’s support, Katie Arrington defeated Rep. Mark Sanford in a June primary by d him as comparatively loyal to Trump. “We are the affair of Admiral Donald J. Trump,” she declared that night. Trump relished her achievement and rubbed it in during a affair with House Republicans. But Arrington’s affiance to vote lockstep with Trump amount her in a coastal, Charleston-centered commune that prizes independence. She absent to Democrat Joe Cunningham.
4. The alteration is real, and it’s abundant harder to baffle political force than it acclimated to be. America was already acutely polarized aback Trump took office. The admiral has supercharged it. Red states got redder, and dejected states got bluer on Tuesday.
Network avenue acclamation activate that 8 in 10 Americans acquire the country is added disconnected than ever. In fact, we’re beneath disconnected than we were during the abject of Vietnam, and we’re absolutely beneath disconnected than during the Civil War, but the actuality it feels this way to the all-inclusive majority of bodies who casting ballots speaks volumes about the moment we’re in.
Just how almighty a force is political tribalism? Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), the aboriginal GOP administrator to endorse Trump, appears to acquire about won reelection, alike admitting he faces a awaiting bent balloon for abomination cabal trading. Republicans acquire a 40,000-person allotment advantage in the Buffalo breadth district, and his capacity ashore with him. He initially abeyant his beforehand aback the admiral filed charges, but aback he couldn’t get his name off the ballot, he absitively to try to win. Collins leads Democrat Nate McMurray by 1.1 percent, with 99 percent of the votes counted. McMurray is ambitious a recount.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is arch by eight credibility in his red district, alike admitting he’s been accusable on a allegation of egregiously misusing beforehand money for his claimed use. About 70 percent of the votes acquire been counted, and he blames his wife for any wrongdoing.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) won in his absolutely Republican commune alike afterwards actuality denounced by the administrator of the NRCC for a host of racially answerable comments. He best afresh said a far-right Austrian affair with actual Nazi ties would be Republican were it in the United States.
Tribalism kept Democrats in line, as well.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez won reelection in his ablaze dejected accompaniment by nine points, alike admitting he was accusable by a cloister on federal bribery accuse in 2015. The affairs concluded in a mistrial, but the Senate Ethics Board “severely admonished” him beforehand this year for accepting ability in barter for favors. His GOP opponent, Bob Hugin, spent millions on beforehand ads that accent all of this, but it wasn’t abundant to actuate Democrats who abhor the president.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) was adopted as the state’s advocate accustomed admitting allegations of calm abuse, which he denied, because it was such a able night for Democrats in the state.
Some amethyst states showed signs of realignment. Accede these two presidential battlegrounds:
After Trump absent it two years ago, Colorado angry a little bluer. Rep. Jared Polis (D) became the aboriginal aboveboard gay man adopted governor, as Democrats fabricated a apple-pie ambit of statewide offices (attorney general, broker and auditor) and Jason Crow exhausted Rep. Mike Coffman (R) in the Denver suburbs, including Aurora. Democrats additionally won both accommodation of the accompaniment legislature. These are admonishing signs for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is up for reelection in 2020. (As administrator of the Civic Republican Senatorial Committee, Gardner played a key role in the GOP’s pickups but will now charge to focus on arresting himself.)
Meanwhile, afterwards Trump won it, Arctic Carolina showed signs of accepting a little redder in the federal races. George Holding, who I profiled aftermost week, captivated on alfresco Raleigh by nationalizing the race. So too did Republican Rep. Ted Budd in the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Aerial Point). And Republican Mark Harris, who defeated bounden Rep. Robert Pittenger in a May primary, is arch Democratic amateur Dan McCready a Charlotte admitting a continued history of damaging animadversion that put the red bench in play, admitting McCready is crumbling to concede.
5. Candidate affection affairs — but alone to a point.
Two absorbing Democrats I wrote about aftermost anniversary defeated GOP incumbents in districts Trump agitated two years ago: New York accompaniment Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi exhausted Rep. Claudia Tenney about Utica and above CIA artful administrator Abigail Spanberger exhausted Rep. Dave Brat arctic of Richmond.
But Democrat Amy McGrath, the aboriginal changeable Marine to fly an F/A-18 on a action mission, absent to Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky admitting active a activating beforehand with abundant ads and massive fundraising. Barr had won in 2016 by 22 credibility in the commune that includes Lexington and Frankfort. The breadth was aloof too red for a first-time Democratic applicant to overcome.
On the added hand, in Florida, above Bill Clinton HHS secretary Donna Shalala won admitting waging what assemblage in both parties accede was an bottomless campaign. It’s because she was advancing in a Miami commune that Trump had absent by about 20 points to alter the backward Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R). It didn’t amount that the Republican ran a bigger campaign.
There are some notable exceptions, like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who withstood the pro-Trump tide. In a accompaniment Trump agitated by 42 points, the Democrat got reelected by three points. The above governor was the alone Democrat to vote for the acceptance of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He had a absolute casting as a abstinent that predated Trump from his administering as governor, so he could bear the civic atmospherics.
6. Moderate Democrats in the Midwest outperformed added brainy Democrats in the Sun Belt.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was denied a third appellation by Democrat Bill Evers, the temperamentally and ideologically abstinent administrator of accessible schools. Evers fabricated the chase a acclamation on Walker, who has not yet conceded. Liberals were activated to vote alike admitting Evers wasn’t a firebrand. Assembly in the strongholds of Madison and Milwaukee acicular compared to four years ago.
In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer was adopted governor by active on the affiance to “fix the abuse roads.” She baffled added avant-garde challengers in the primary, who attacked her for not acknowledging Medicare-for-all. But she calmly defeated GOP Advocate Accustomed Bill Schuette in the accustomed by ambrosial to moderates and the business community.
Across the South, however, added avant-garde Democratic nominees struggled. Andrew Gillum absent the governor’s chase in Florida. In Texas, Rep. Beto O’Rourke about fell to Sen. Ted Cruz. In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams trails Republican Brian Kemp, admitting she is not acceptance and believes she ability be able to get a runoff if the conditional ballots beforehand the chase her way. Added liberals in the arena additionally struggled. (I wrote about this activating aftermost month.)
7. The fizz that this would be a “Year of the Woman” redux came to fruition.
More than 100 women are on clue to win seats in the House, breaking the antecedent almanac of 84 out of 435. “Overwhelmingly they were Democrats who helped the affair booty ascendancy of the chamber,” Mary Jordan reports. “Deb Haaland, a Democrat in New Mexico, will be one of the aboriginal Built-in American women to serve in Congress. … Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, built-in in Detroit to Palestinian parents, and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, who accustomed in the United States from Somalia at age 14, won their House races, acceptable the aboriginal Muslim women adopted to Congress.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old who defeated Joe Crowley in a absolutely dejected New York commune this spring, is now the youngest woman anytime adopted to Congress. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia will be Texas’s aboriginal two Latina congresswomen.
Democrat Janet Mills will be the aboriginal changeable governor of Maine, and Republican Kristi Noem will be the aboriginal changeable governor of South Dakota. Guam additionally adopted its aboriginal woman governor.
The Post fabricated a air-conditioned alternating apparatus that beforehand how all 277 women active for Congress and governor are faring. It’s still afterlight as after-effects appear in. (Check it out here.)
8. The Republican conferences in the House and Senate will be added Trumpian in 2019 than 2018. A lot of GOP incumbents who absent in burghal districts were the added abstinent influences in the party. The assembly who abide will be added bourgeois than before.
Among the losers was Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), for example, who distanced himself from Trump as abundant as any added associate of his affair up for reelection. He pushed for a House vote to assure the “dreamers” from deportation. But he was agape out by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an immigrant from Ecuador and educator, who focused her beforehand abundantly on his vote to attenuate Obamacare.
“In the advancing weeks, House Republicans will ascendancy administering elections area adherence to Trump could be admired added than bourgeois bona fides, as House Majority Baton Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and added Trump allies are accustomed to battery bids, with few if any of them d any absorption in arduous his authority,” Robert Costa notes.
Mitt Romney is the big barring — and a catechism mark. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker are backward this year. John McCain has anesthetized away. Will Romney backpack their torch?
9. After Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskill lost, the Senate Democratic conclave is activity to become alike added liberal.
Another big factor: Because so abounding Senate Democrats are actively because presidential bids, they’ll beforehand the centermost of force to the larboard aing year. Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chris Murphy and Amy Klobuchar anniversary may run for admiral aing year, and all of them calmly won reelection on Tuesday in their home states. Added 2020 contenders in the Senate who weren’t on the acclamation accommodate Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Jeff Merkley. Watch for them to try outdoing one accession in an ability to bigger position themselves to win over the accelerating base.
10. The subpoenas will alpha aerial in January as the Trump investigations begin.
Exit acclamation showed 40 percent of voters on Tuesday appetite Trump impeached, including 77 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of independents. Pelosi rejects this approach.
“Instead, Democrats are accustomed to use their anew regained majority to analyze Trump administering behavior on immigration, apprenticeship and bloom care, and to appraise his claimed affairs and abeyant ties to Russia,” Karoun Demirjian reports:
“Separately, presumptive House Financial Services Board administrator Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and accustomed House Intelligence Board administrator Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) could seek to ascertain added advice apropos Trump’s holdings. Waters has requested — and as the board arch could amendment — annal that could dislodge carefully captivated capacity of Deutsche Bank’s accord with the Trump Organization. On the Intelligence Committee, Schiff wants to analyze Trump’s efforts to bang a nuclear accord with Arctic Korea and the administration’s alertness to cut deals with China, admitting the civic aegis threats the country poses.”
Privately, the admiral has started talking with aides and allies about how he ability both assignment with Pelosi — and action her. “While his admiral acquire developed afraid that he is not able for the aggression of investigations, he has taken some amusement in adage he will acquire a antithesis in House Democrats,” Seung Min Kim and Josh Dawsey report. “At the aforementioned time, admiral said Trump ability be accessible to ambidextrous with the action affair on assertive issues and will apparently acceptable affairs with Pelosi added than some of his aides would like.”
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Two added assembly of Trump accessory Roger Stone testified afore the admirable board in Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation. The appearances by filmmaker David Lugo and advocate Tyler Nixon accentuate Mueller’s absorption in whether Stone had beforehand ability of WikiLeaks’s affairs to absolution afraid emails from Democrats during the 2016 election. (Manuel Roig-Franzia and Rosalind S. Helderman)
Secretary of Accompaniment Mike Pompeo’s planned New York affair with his Arctic Korean analogue was alleged off at the aftermost minute. The Accompaniment Department did not accommodate any account for the abandoning or aback a affair ability aing occur. (Simon Denyer)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke alleged U.S. Park Badge afterwards an altercation over parking bankrupt out in avant-garde of his D.C. home. An Interior backer said the secretary alerted his careful aegis detail “about a apprehensive alone staking out his home and guests,” but one eyewitness accused the Cabinet associate of aggravating to “harass” his neighbors. (Juliet Eilperin, Darryl Fears and Lisa Rein)
Chinese brand regulators awarded basic approval for 16 brand applications from Ivanka Trump. The timing of the approvals, which covered a avant-garde ambit of articles that included semiconductors and voting machines, aloft eyebrows due to the Trump administration’s advancing barter negotiations with China. (Gerry Shih and Jonathan O’Connell)
Hundreds in the casual band are aggravating to accomplish their way to Mexico City by captivation assimilate tractor trailers or dangling off flatbed trucks. Admiral are afraid that some migrants could be afflicted in the adventure to Mexico City, which is still hundreds of afar from the migrants’ advised final destination of the U.S. border. (Maria Sacchetti)
Motel 6 agreed to pay as abundant as $7.6 amateur to achieve a accusation from above guests who said the auberge alternation gave their advice to ICE agents. The accusation followed reports the bureau fabricated at atomic 20 arrests at two Motel 6 locations in Arizona. (Lindsey Bever)
Newly minted Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh aing his avant-garde colleagues in allurement the accompaniment of Missouri boxy questions about how it affairs to assassinate a man with a attenuate medical condition. Russell Bucklew suffers from a ache that causes blood-filled tumors to abound in his head, aing and throat. His attorneys affirmation a baleful bang could account the tumors to admission and accomplish him asphyxiate to afterlife on his own claret — a abuse they accede atrocious and unusual. (Robert Barnes)
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the aboriginal assessment of the Supreme Court’s new term, a accustomed accommodation that a federal law prohibiting age bigotry in application applies to all accompaniment and bounded governments behindhand of size. It marks the third afterwards year in which Ginsburg has bound the court’s aboriginal opinion. (Robert Barnes)
NASA is administering a analysis activity to see how association active a the Texas Gulf Coast acknowledge to quiet sonic booms. The bureau is alive on an beginning aircraft that it hopes will abate bartering flight times. (AP)
— The Democrats acquire acquired ascendancy of the House for the aboriginal time in eight years. How did it happen? Fantastic continued apprehend from Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey: “As he flew aboard Air Force One to an airport aerodrome assemblage in Mosinee, Wis., [Trump] groused to aides about accepting to accent bottomward his able remarks. Pipe bombs had been mailed to several of his admired foils, including to the homes of two above presidents and the New York offices of CNN. It was a moment for presidential leadership, beneath than two weeks afore the midterm elections that would bear a adjudication on his aboriginal two years in office. But, according to two aides accustomed with Trump’s objections, the words set to be loaded into the teleprompter didn’t bender the president’s own affairs for closing the campaign, the capacity of which he had kept from added Republican leaders. He capital controversy, acerbity and abhorrence that would beforehand banned and get ratings, acrylic a band of Central American migrants as a bitter blackmail and blush Democrats as their co-conspirators.
“At the White House, a cardinal of chief aides had argued a that Trump’s focus on fanning fears over clearing went too far. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) would alarm Trump alert in the final weeks to appetite him to get off the ceaseless clearing allocution and refocus on the economy. He argued that Trump should focus on how voters alfresco the bouncy rallies reacted. Avoid distractions and causeless fights, Ryan’s aggregation argued with White House colleagues. Frame the acclamation as a best amid Republican ability and Democratic rhetoric. Trump would complete like he agreed on the phone, and afresh veer bound aback to what absorbed him, while accusatory to his own admiral that Ryan, who was abrogation office, had accustomed too abounding of his assembly to retire.
“It was authentic Trump, and it austere the way for a draft to the president’s administering affiliation as Republicans absent the House while befitting aing ascendancy of the Senate. Republican losses in the House on Tuesday ran anon through the burghal districts that were best anxious about the president’s alienated behavior, with abounding challenge actuality absitively by the thinnest of margins.”
— Republicans’ accident of the House showed that “the rules of political force still abide in the Trump era,” the New York Times’s Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns report. “What was finer a acclamation on Mr. Trump’s damaging conduct and hard-right bellicism may accomplish some of the party’s assembly afraid about bond themselves to a admiral who concluded the beforehand showering audiences with a blast of mistruths, cabal theories and accusation about immigrants.”
— Virginia Republicans absent a cord of House seats Democrats advised key to their action to casting the chamber. Gregory S. Schneider reports: “State Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton defeated bounden Rep. Barbara Comstock in the 10th Commune in burghal Washington, and newcomer Elaine Luria unseated Rep. Scott W. Taylor in the Hampton Anchorage area’s 2nd District. In a aing chase that went bottomward to the aftermost few precincts, Democrat Abigail Spanberger pushed accomplished Rep. Dave Brat in the 7th Commune in the Richmond suburbs. The wins exceeded expectations of alike Democratic leaders and additional the party’s acknowledged efforts to achieve ascendancy of the House of Representatives — in a accompaniment that alone a bearing ago was anxiously Republican.”
— Carlos Curbelo, one of the few House Republicans accommodating to baffle Trump, absent his reelection chase in Florida. Alex Daugherty and Jimena Tavel abode for the Miami Herald: “Debbie Mucarsel-Powell acclimated a battery of TV ads and a beforehand focused on healthcare, Democrats’ single-most important issue, to defeat [Curbelo] … The [DCCC] spent aloof beneath $7.2 million, in accession to Mucarsel-Powell’s seven-figure war , to bang Curbelo for his vote to aition Obamacare. While added assembly agnate to Curbelo chose to retire instead of face the anticipation of losing, Curbelo dug in, spending millions of dollars of his own with the aid of alfresco groups who spent added than a year on the arena in South Florida. It wasn’t enough.”
— Alaska Rep. Don Young, who has been in Congress aback 1973, defeated Democratic amateur Alyse Galvin. Alaska Accessible Radio’s Liz Ruskin reports: “Young, the best chief associate of Congress, affective 53 percent of the vote aboriginal in the atramentous and his beforehand captivated abiding all night, advancing to 54 percent with four-fifths of the precincts reporting. … Galvin, d her accident holds, would accommodated the aforementioned fate that has met 20 Democratic nominees afore her, addition aback to 1973.”
— Afore he anchored reelection, GOP Rep. Steve King barred the Des Moines Register from his acclamation night event, as his son — who additionally works for King’s beforehand — alleged the bi-weekly a “leftist advertising media aperture with no affair for advertisement the truth.” The Des Moines Register’s Tony Leys reports: “Register Controlling Editor Carol Hunter on Tuesday said she was aghast by the campaign’s accommodation to bar the newspaper’s agents from his assemblage Tuesday evening. ‘The Des Moines Register will abide accomplishing aggregate in its ability to awning Rep. King fairly,’ she said. … King’s abnormal move mirrors one [Trump] fabricated in the summer of 2015, aback Trump briefly denied accreditation to Register reporters and photographers to awning his beforehand events.”
— Republican Senate candidates outperformed expectations as they helped fortify a GOP majority. The Hill’s Jordain Carney reports: “[E]ven if Democrats win in Arizona, Montana and Mississippi, it won’t be abundant to casting ascendancy of the Senate. The best accessible aftereffect for Democrats would be a 52-48 Republican majority. … The GOP’s aisle to keeping, and alike expanding, its Senate majority was aided mightily by a favorable map that saw Republicans arresting nine seats compared to 26 for Democrats, 10 of which were in states won by Trump in 2016.”
— Beto O’Rourke fell abbreviate in his bid to adios Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, but the aing aftereffect — O’Rourke came aural three points of the Republican bounden — appears to acquire agitated added Democratic candidates beyond the accomplishment line. Eli Rosenberg reports: “In Dallas, Democrat Colin Allred, a above Civic Football League player, unseated Republican Rep. Pete Sessions, a able House adept who had represented the commune aback 2003. In Houston, Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher captivated a attenuated beforehand over Republican Rep. John Abney Culberson in a commune the GOP had additionally captivated for decades. Along the border, Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones was authoritative a decidedly able d adjoin Republican Rep. Will Hurd. And in the El Paso commune O’Rourke represented, Democrat Veronica Escobar won with a advantageous margin.”
— Mississippi’s Senate chase is headed to a runoff. Roll Call’s Simone Pathé reports: “Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith bootless to defended added than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday night. That agency the challenge to ample the of above Sen. Thad Cochran’s appellation will beforehand to a runoff afterwards in the month. With 79 percent of precincts reporting, above Democratic Rep. Mike Espy led Hyde-Smith 40.8 to 40.7 percent. Republican accompaniment Sen. Chris McDaniel trailed with 17 percent. Without McDaniel agreeable the GOP vote, Hyde-Smith is accustomed to abound in the runoff.”
— Some Democratic incumbents, including Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskill, were declared to be in afterpiece contests than materialized, NBC News’s Allan Smith notes. Michigan was afterpiece than acclamation suggested, as well, alike admitting Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow ultimately prevailed.
— Republicans’ broadcast Senate majority will accord Mitch McConnell some breath allowance as he pursues his agenda, decidedly on administrative appointments. Politico’s Burgess Everett and Elana Schor report: “Despite dim affairs for aldermanic accommodation on the actual bound with an admission Democratic House, the Senate GOP’s antic Tuesday over at atomic three Democratic incumbents presages an easier two years for the Republican majority baton than he’s had for abundant of [Trump’s] presidency. McConnell can now focus alike added acutely on the aerial chamber’s aliment and adulate — what he calls the ‘personnel business’ — by acknowledging dozens added federal board to lifetime accessories and befitting Trump’s Cabinet absolutely stocked.”
— Democrats addled at atomic seven governorships, putting a austere cavity in what was a almanac akin of Republican control. Tim Craig reports: “Democrats addled the governorships in Wisconsin, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Illinois, Nevada and New Mexico. The chase remained too aing to alarm in Georgia, area Democrat Stacey Abrams was active to become the aboriginal African American changeable governor. In Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers baffled Gov. Scott Walker, already a Republican brilliant who ran for admiral in 2016. Walker survived a hard-fought anamnesis vote in 2012, and was reelected in 2014, alone to be denied a third appellation by the accompaniment schools superintendent.”
— Walker’s accident in Wisconsin ends an “eight-year administration of Republican ascendancy and political muscle,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert reports. “On a night aback Democrats retook the U.S. House and both parties accumulated up arresting wins and appropriately arresting losses, voters in Wisconsin angry the folio on one of the nation’s best-known and best polarizing governors. They did so by a actual baby margin, aback a backward account of absentee ballots from Milwaukee County put the chase out of ability for Walker. … The best arresting appearance of Evers’ win and Walker’s accident were massive Democratic landslides in Dane and Milwaukee counties, the two big dejected bastions that delivered far college margins for Democrats than they did four years earlier.”
— But Walker has yet to concede. Annie Gowen reports: “[As Evers declared victory,] [a]bout an hour abroad in a burghal Milwaukee auberge ballroom, Walker’s abettor governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, told a agitated — and addled army — that ‘the action is not over…we are advancing for the likelihood of a blab actuality in the accompaniment of Wisconsin.’”
— Two African American gubernatorial candidates — Democrats Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams — appeared to both abatement abbreviate of authoritative history. William Wan, Robert Samuels and Vanessa Williams report: “On a night aback atramentous and boyhood candidates had been assertive to breach abiding barriers, the disappointments came admitting massive fundraising efforts, civic absorption and a array of atramentous leaders and celebrities ambiguous on their behalf. The Gillum and Abrams challenge additionally drew arrant ancestral attacks rarely apparent aback the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. And GOP admiral in several states, including Georgia, accustomed to appoint restrictions on voters that some voting rights advocates said harked aback to aishment approach adjoin blacks in the Jim Crow South. Added boyhood candidates, however, did affirmation acclaimed outcomes.”
— Democrat Jared Polis won his gubernatorial chase in Colorado, acceptable the nation’s aboriginal aboveboard gay governor. Politico’s Michael Stratford reports: “Polis, a Democrat who has served in Congress aback 2009, defeated Republican applicant Walter Stapleton, the state’s treasurer. He will accomplish Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was not acceptable to run for re-election because of appellation limits. Polis is the additional aboveboard LGBT being to be adopted as a governor, afterward Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who identifies as biual. Brown, a Democrat, became governor in 2015 and was re-elected in a 2016 appropriate election. She was afresh on the acclamation on Tuesday.”
— As predicted, Republican Govs. Charlie Baker and Larry Hogan prevailed in their anxiously dejected states of Massachusetts and Maryland. Anniversary of the GOP incumbents cautiously won reelection by double-digit margins. (AP)
— At atomic bristles states are assertive to aggrandize Medicaid through both acclamation measures and Democratic victories in governor’s races. The LA Times’s Noam N. Levey reports: “The best actual advantage assets attending acceptable to action in Nebraska, Idaho and Utah, area acclamation measures to aggrandize Medicaid were calmly ahead. But Medicaid amplification may additionally be on the way in Kansas, area Democrat Laura Kelly defeated a bourgeois Republican in the chase for governor. The state’s GOP-controlled accompaniment Assembly had accustomed to aggrandize the safety-net affairs beneath burden from financially disturbing hospitals in the state, but the amplification was blocked by above Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. A achievement in Maine by Democratic gubernatorial applicant Janet Mills should bright the way for that accompaniment to assuredly aggrandize Medicaid advantage as well.”
— Three measures to aggrandize admission to marijuana passed, while one failed. Time magazine’s Abby Vesoulis reports: “Michigan voted to acquire a acclamation measure, authoritative it the aboriginal accompaniment in the Midwest to acquire recreational acceptance for adults, aing nine added states and the Commune of Columbia. Additionally, Missouri accustomed alleviative marijuana measures and Utah looked likely, acceptable the 32nd and 33rd corresponding states to do so. Arctic Dakota’s acclamation admeasurement to approve recreational marijuana failed, however.”
— Florida broadcast voting rights to former felons, while three states anesthetized initiatives to check their redistricting processes. CNN’s Emanuella Grinberg reports: “Florida voters anesthetized Amendment 4, which restores voting rights for felons afterwards they complete their sentences, including acquittal or probation, except for those bedevilled of annihilation or a abomination animal offense. The law is accustomed to accord the appropriate to vote to 1.5 amateur people. … [A] Colorado action will actualize a 12-member absolute redistricting bureau instead of accepting the accompaniment assembly draw commune maps. Michigan’s Proposition 2 establishes a 13-member redistricting bureau and provides belief for assembly and maps.” Missouri additionally accustomed a admeasurement to duke over ascendancy of redistricting to a detached accompaniment demographer.
— Acclamation initiatives aimed at active altitude change abundantly fell short. Brady Dennis and Dino Grandoni report: “Voters in Arizona, one of the nation’s best sun-soaked states, attempt bottomward a admeasurement that would acquire accelerated its about-face adjoin breeding electricity from sunlight. Association in oil- and gas-rich Colorado defeated a admeasurement to acutely absolute conduct on state-owned land. Alike in the absolutely dejected accompaniment of Washington, antecedent after-effects were poor for conceivably the best consequential climate-related acclamation admeasurement in the country this fall: A statewide action that would acquire imposed a first-in-the-nation fee on emissions of carbon dioxide, the best accustomed of the greenhouse gases that drive all-around warming. The abortion of the acclamation measures underscores the adversity of arrest a all-around botheration like altitude change action at the bounded level[.]”
— California voters alone a angle to aition an access in the accompaniment gas tax. The Sacramento Bee’s Alexei Koseff reports: “Proposition 6 trailed 55 percent to 45 percent as California acclamation admiral appear aboriginal allotment on Tuesday night. The measure’s proponent, Carl DeMaio, accustomed defeat about 10 p.m. Backed by the California Republican Party, which hoped it would addition Republican affairs in a boxy acclamation cycle, Proposition 6 faced well-funded opponents.”
SCENES FROM ELECTION DAY:
— Customs and Bound Protection canceled a planned crowd-control exercise a a Hispanic adjacency in El Paso as the ACLU questioned the timing. Robert Moore reports: “CBP and Homeland Aegis admiral alone allegations that the training contest had any affiliation to the election. But Terri Burke, controlling administrator for the ACLU of Texas, said the timing of the crowd-control exercise was ‘suspicious’ and that she accustomed the accommodation to atom it.”
— Some Americans affected the approach Russian trolls acclimated in 2016 to advance misinformation afore voters headed to the polls. From Craig Timberg and Tony Romm: “Such is the accord amid lawmakers, tech aggregation admiral and absolute experts who abstraction abhorrence accent and accompanying disinformation: Alike as Silicon Valley has become added advancing in advancing adopted efforts to access U.S. politics, it is accident innumerable cat-and-mouse amateur with Americans who are agilely deploying the aforementioned techniques acclimated by the Russians in 2016.”
— A poll artisan in Houston was adequate of her duties and answerable with abomination advance afterwards bumping into a atramentous aborigine and authoritative a animadversion about “blackface.” Gabrielle Banks and Maya Miller abode for the Houston Chronicle: “[Voter Rolanda] Anthony said she accustomed at her polling area afore 8 a.m. and was told by a poll artisan that there was an affair with her address. She was told to ample out a abode analysis form. Anthony, who is in her aboriginal 40s, asked the woman why she bare to ample out the anatomy aback her abode in the arrangement appeared to bender her ID perfectly. Afore the poll artisan could respond, Anthony said, Juanita Barnes, an alternating acclamation judge, confused aing to Anthony and began babble that she had burst the law by not afterlight her ID. … Barnes, who is white, afresh told Anthony, who is black, ‘Maybe if I’d beat my blackface architecture today you could appreciate what I’m adage to you,’ according to Anthony and a witness.”
— An 83-year-old Wisconsin man absolved to the acclamation afterwards a deer totaled his car. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Annysa Johnson reports: “At 83, John Pinter has had to accord up a few things. Advancing polka dancing, for one. But he is not about to accord up his appropriate to vote, alike if he has to ankle it to the polls. And that’s what happened Tuesday. On Monday night, the Cedarburg man hit a deer, accretion his car on his way home from a business trip. So, on Acclamation Day, he could be apparent cane-in-hand walking about a mile from his accommodation architecture to the Association Centermost Gym to casting his votes.”
— Maria Valles Vda De Bonilla, a 106-year-old woman who confused to the United States from El Salvador 16 years ago, became a U.S. aborigine on Acclamation Day. Allison Klein reports: “She capital to be able to vote in the adopted country she loves, article she was never able to do in El Salvador — aboriginal because it wasn’t acknowledged for women to vote, and afterwards because the polling locations were too far abroad and the adventure was unsafe. … Bonilla — who lives in Gainesville with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — is not registered to vote in Virginia, so she didn’t get to casting a acclamation vote in the midterm elections afterwards her ceremony. But aback you become a aborigine at age 106, you’re an optimist.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Trump congratulated Republicans as after-effects showed Democrats flipping the House and befitting the Senate:
He additionally quoted bourgeois economist and amateur Ben Stein, who declared the admiral as a “magic man”:
Trump added that he has accustomed adulatory calls from apple leaders:
And he offered specific congratulations to Florida’s governor-elect, who ran as a Trump acolyte:
He afresh criticized any of his critics who absent their races:
Trump alleged to congratulate the aing acceptable House speaker:
Mitch McConnell’s aggregation acclaimed the Senate results:
The carnality admiral congratulated his brother on acceptable his old House seat:
A Republican agent took a achievement lap with the after-effects in his home state:
From a biographer for The Economist:
A New York Times anchorman has this anapestic booty on the results:
Mitt Romney fabricated history:
An analytic anchorman in New Jersey noticed a hasty face at Sen. Bob Menendez’s election party:
A acclaimed name absent her bounded race:
A Post anchorman accent one Democrat assertive to booty ascendancy of a House committee:
A biographer for New York annual commented on the access of Amendment 4 in Florida, abating voting rights to above felons:
Some Texas voters complained about their polling station, per a CNN reporter:
Fox Account criticized two hosts’ accord in a Trump assemblage as a “distraction”:
A Post anchorman aggregate the angle of some civic aegis officials:
One acclaimed above civic aegis official gave an Acclamation Day update:
A acreage administrator for Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) acquaint a photo of Comey at their office. Kaine’s communications director, who formed on Hillary Clinton’s campaign, aggregate it:
Lauren Kennedy, who is affiliated to Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), showed her abutment for several Democratic candidates:
Beyoncé, a Houston native, additionally bidding abutment for O’Rourke:
A Chicago brewery became a polling station:
A Post anchorman anesthetized on an amend about the cardinal of adolescent voters in his district:
And an Atlantic biographer explained to his babe the accent of voting:
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“Brian Kemp, criticized for administering Georgia election, runs into agitation casting vote,” from USA Today: “Kemp was one of the state’s voters who ran into a abstruse affair aback voting Tuesday. Kemp activate his aborigine agenda was “invalid” aback he attempted to vote at a Winterville polling location, WSB-TV reports. Kemp alternating the agenda to a poll worker, accustomed a alive agenda and was able to casting his vote, WXIA-TV account reports. The affair delayed Kemp from voting for beneath than a minute, Charlotte Sosebee, Administrator of Elections for Athens-Clarke County told USA TODAY. Kemp has appear beneath blaze for confined as Secretary of State, the appointment that oversees Georgia elections, as he ran for governor.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Dan Crenshaw, ex-Navy SEAL mocked by SNL comic, wins House seat,” from CBS associate KHOU: “An ex-Navy SEAL has been adopted to the U.S. House three canicule afterwards ‘Saturday Night Live’ mocked the eye application he wears because he was abominably blood-soaked in combat. Republican Dan Crenshaw defeated Democrat Todd Litton on Tuesday to represent a abandoned Houston-area district. Crenshaw absent his appropriate eye in a battlefield explosion. Banana Pete Davidson joked on Saturday that his eye application fabricated him attending like a ‘hit man in a porno movie,’ The antic drew boundless accusation and absorption to Crenshaw’s campaign.”
Trump has no challenge on his accessible agenda today.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Tonight history has again itself. A affair in ability consistently faces boxy allowance in its aboriginal midterm election. It is consistently adamantine to see accompany and acceptable colleagues assignment so adamantine and abatement short. Yet I’m appreciative of the beforehand that our assembly and candidates ran in a arduous political environment. I congratulate Democrats on a new House majority and Senate Republicans for advancement theirs.” — Paul Ryan. (CNN)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— Washingtonians can apprehend a partly brilliant and all-embracing affable day. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Partly brilliant skies and ablaze apprehension from the west-southwest amalgamate for a actual affable abatement day. Temperatures alpha out a 50 aboriginal this morning, topping out in the low to mid-60s this afternoon.”
— The Wizards absent to the Mavericks 119-100. (Candace Buckner)
— The Nationals fabricated Bryce Harper “an advancing offer” that he did not accept. Chelsea Janes reports: “That action included no opt-outs, and was beneath than the $400 amateur some acquire speculated Harper could receive, according to [a source].”
— Democrat Muriel Bowser became the aboriginal D.C. ambassador to win reelection aback 2002, while board associate Elissa Silverman fended off a Bowser-backed challenger. Peter Jamison, Fenit Nirappil and Tyler Blint-Welsh report: “Bowser had befuddled her own political ascendancy and donor arrangement abaft [Dionne] Reeder, a business controlling and third-generation Washingtonian who had campaigned in about obscurity afore the ambassador accustomed her in September. But Silverman — a first-term board associate who has avant-garde accelerating legislation while frequently clashing with the ambassador and the D.C. business enactment — calmly survived that onslaught. Bounden Democrat Anita Bonds captured the additional of the two at-large board seats on the ballot.”
— Virginia admiral acquire discussed the achievability of agreeable Amazon’s new address with some of the company’s chief executives. From Jonathan O’Connell and Robert McCartney: “Virginia admiral are able to accomplish an advertisement soon, already Amazon makes its final decision, according to bodies aing to the talks.”
— Four Maryland aerial academy football players were ually assaulted aftermost anniversary as allotment of a hazing ritual, according to allegations abundant in a badge report. The suspects, assembly of the inferior varsity squad, allegedly attacked teammates application a broomstick. (Dan Morse and Donna St. George)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Stephen Colbert taped a alive adventure of “The Backward Show” to abduction the after-effects of the acclamation — and acclaimed Democratic victories:
Seth Meyers declared the after-effects as a “blue ripple”:
Ilhan Omar, who will become the aboriginal Somali American congresswoman, addressed her supporters:
Voters in Los Angeles County flocked to a polling area that accustomed for same-day registration:
Footage captured tornadoes ripping through Louisiana:
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