DemDaily: The Final Count. Where We Won

November 19, 2018

The election may have been held November 6th, but the daily drama of undecided races has kept the final results hanging in the balance through this past weekend.

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With just a few races still undecided, the (near) final tally on the 2018 midterms can now be projected.

In a resounding rejecting of the President and his policies, Democrats flipped the US House, seven key governors' seats, and legislative chambers critical to the 2021 redistricting fight.

Victories in major battleground stateswhich Trump won in 2016, laid the groundwork for Democratic gains in 2020, including MichiganPennsylvania and Wisconsin.

While the elections also produced heartbreaking losses in FloridaGeorgia and Texas, the Democratic turnout and demographic shift among voters also bodes well for future prospects of flipping the red states blue.

The 116th House boasts the largest class of Democratic women in history (pic: Schaff/NYT)

Current Count: 233 Democrats to 200 Republicans
Flipped: 39
Undecided: Two

Highlights: Historical firsts for women and diversity in Congress:
*  Native American Congresswomen: Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (KS-11). Davids also is the first LGBT member of Kansas' delegation.
*  Muslim Congresswomen: Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).
 Youngest Congresswoman ever elected: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) at 29 years old.
*  Latino Congresswomen: Texas' first, with Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)

*  African-American Congresswomen: first from their states, with Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Jahana Hayes (CT-05).

*  Asian American Congressman: New Jersey's first with Andy Kim (NJ-3)
*  Democratic women in the House: Currently 106, the largest in history and an increase from 78. Republican women in the House decreased from 29 to 19.

Ben McAdams (D) is trailing incumbent Mia Love (R)by 1,516 (pic: Alex Goodlett/AP)

Utah 4: Incumbent Republican Mia Love leads Democrat Ben McAdams 50.3% to 49.7% with 1,516 separating them. Thousands of votes remain outstanding in Salt Lake County, where McAdams has so far captured a majority of votes.

Georgia 7: Republican incumbent Rob Woodall leads Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux 50.1% to 49.9% with 419 votes separating them. Going to recount.

Current Count: 47 Democrats to 52 Republicans
Undecided: One

Democrats elected two new women to the US Senate. In Arizona Kyrsten Sinema overcame Republican Martha McSally to flip the state blue and become the second openly LGBTQ Senator. In Nevada, Jacky Rosen unseated Republican Dean Heller.

On Sunday the brutal recount battles in Florida ended with Republican Rick Scott defeating incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson by 10,033 votes.

Undecided: In the one remaining Senate seat, Mississippi incumbent Republican Cyndi Hyde-Smith and Democraticchallenger Mike Espy go to a RunOff Election next Tuesday, November 27th.

Minnesota's Lt Gov-elect Peggy Flanagan, nation's first Native American woman elected to statewide executive office

Current Count: 23 Democrats to 27 Republicans

36 Governors' races were up in the midterms, with Republicans defending 26 seats to Democrats' nine.

Democrats won 16 seats, flipping seven -- the most gubernatorial seats flipped by any party since 1994.

They include: Wisconsin (Tony Evers), Maine (Janet Mills), Michigan (Gretchen Whitmer), Illinois (JB Pritzker), Kansas (Laura Kelly), New Mexico (Michelle Lujan-Grisham) and in Colorado, where Jared Polis became the nation's first openly gay Governor.

While Dems expanded their count of female governors from two to six, hopes for the first African American female Governor, Georgia's Stacey Abrams (D), were dashed Friday with her concession to Republican Brian Kemp. The contest witnessed the country's most bitter recount and legal battle following widespread allegations of voter suppression under Kemp, who oversaw most of the process as Secretary of State.

Georgia Secretary of State race: John Barrow (D) and Brad Raffensperger (R) goes to a Runoff Election December 4th

There will, however, be a Runoff Election for Georgia Secretary of State between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger on December 4th.

In a big boost for Democratic control in the upcoming 2021 redistricting process:
*  8 new Legislative Majorities picked up this cycle
*  5 Republican Super-Majorities in state legislatures broken

*  380 State Legislative seats flipped this cycle

4 Attorneys General seats flipped
2 Secretary of State seats flipped
3 State Supreme Court seats flipped

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Resources: CNN, WashingtonPost, AP, SaltLakeTribute, Ballotpedia, Rutgers

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