The 2018 midterm elections are finally over, and in the wake of all the drama they carried, both Republicans and Democrats are claiming wins. Democrats positioned themselves to take control over the government, yet failed to complete that mission in its entirety. Republicans not only maintained control, but also grew their support in critical key races – including several classically blue zones. Here’s a quick break down of the most important facts to help you make sense of it all.
• Although the Left claimed to be preparing for a “blue wave” takeover of both the House and the Senate, how the night and morning really unfolded wasn’t quite as clear-cut. Democrats did manage to secure control over the House, taking on an additional 27 seats for a total of 221.
• Republicans, on the other hand, lost 27 seats and ended with a total of 198. But whether or not this is a true loss depends on how you look at how the entire event unfolded; after all, Republicans did win the Senate, giving them the power to stem the “blue wave” with a “red wall.”
• Numbers for the Senate were much closer than numbers for the House. Republicans managed to flip the two seats needed to give them control, placing them at a comfortable lead of 51. Democrats, on the other hand, suffered from the loss and came in at just 46.
• Both Democrats and Republicans made considerable gains in areas where their opponents had heavy support as recently as last year. Republicans were ousted from seats in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In contrast, Democrats lost seats in Missouri, Indiana, Nevada, Texas, and Florida.
• This year’s midterm elections also saw a record number of women (110) and people of color elected into the House and the Senate. Twelve of those women will serve on the Senate, while the rest are serving in the House.
• At just 29, New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is also the youngest woman to ever take on a position within the House. At least two of the elected women are Native American; several are members of the LGBT community.
• Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, was elected to become Speaker of the House. Surprisingly, Trump – who is normally very anti-Pelosi – immediately showed a willingness to work with her. In a Twitter post the next morning, he shared that, “In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!”
• There has been some controversy over exactly what Democrats may do with control over the house – including whether they plan to investigate the President or even try to impeach him. Trump himself countered these rumors in an early morning press conference, vowing to adopt a “warlike posture,” if he is forced to defend himself against baseless accusations.
• The Trump we saw the day after elections seemed remarkably open-minded and willing to work under bipartisanship. Just after threatening to go to war with his accusers, he also suggested Republicans and Democrats work together on key issues like infrastructure, trade and health.