Democrats seized control of the House and cut into Republican-held governorships on Tuesday, while Republican victories in the Senate appeared likely to restrict a broader Democratic wave.
Initial results late Tuesday suggested a midterm rejection of President Donald Trump and the conservative, anti-immigration agenda he ushered into Washington two years ago, likely accelerating the Democratic Party’s reach into America’s critical suburbs on the cusp of the 2020 presidential campaign.
Politico says the election, marked by startlingly high early turnout and long lines on Election Day, laid bare the limitations of the Democratic Party’s reach, as well.
New York Times reports “Amid signs that the nation’s deep political and cultural divisions that lifted Mr. Trump in 2016 may only be deepening, rural voters were breaking sharply with their counterparts in the suburban districts and metropolitan areas, as turnout soared in a midterm election that came to serve as a national referendum on the president.
In the states Mr. Trump made a priority — Florida, Georgia, Indiana — he came away with several marquee victories for Senate and governor. Ron DeSantis, a close Trump ally running for governor of Florida, defeated Andrew Gillum, who was trying to become the first black leader of the state. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Republican, was ahead of Stacey Abrams in the governor’s race there.
But in parts of the country with many college-educated white voters, some of whom supported Mr. Trump in 2016, his style of leadership and his singular focus on immigration in the last weeks of the campaign contributed to Republican House losses.”
CNN reports “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, taking the stage to cheer Democrats taking the House, was greeted with chants of “Speaker, Speaker, Speaker,” telling Democratic campaign aides, legislative staffers and top donors in Washington, DC, on Tuesday that they have guaranteed “ tomorrow will be a new day in America.” Pelosi, flanked by her leadership team, family and DNC chair Tom Perez, applauded the party’s “dynamic, diverse, incredible candidates who have taken back the House for the American people.”
“Thanks to you we owned the ground,” she told those assembled Democrats, “thanks to you tomorrow will be a new day in America.” “Remember this feeling, know the power to win,” she added.
What was clear seconds after Pelosi took the microphone, however, was the looming leadership fight that could roil Democrats in the House. Chants of “Speaker, Speaker, Speaker” broke out as Pelosi took the stage and a few aides yelled “Speaker” in the middle of Pelosi’s speech. Pelosi did not acknowledge the chants. “Today, the American people have spoken to restore that vision,” Pelosi said after outlining Democratic priorities.
The 2018 midterm elections, saw history made on multiple fronts.
A diverse set of candidates won big victories in states across the country on Tuesday night as people voted at recorded levels.
Beyond the seismic shift in the makeup of Congress, here are people who made history on an individual level in this year’s midterm elections.