DemDaily: The Results and The Rundown

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November 7, 2018

Democrats triumphed in the 2018 midterms last night, ending the GOP's one-party rule of the government with a takeover of the US House, and a flip of key governors' seats and legislative chambers.

In what was unquestionably a referendum on the White House, two in three voters said that President Trump was a major factor in casting their votes at the ballot box.

Women were at the forefront of the resistance, with exit polls showing that Trump has a 39% approval to 60% disapproval rating among female voters.

While Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by two seats, historically high voter turnout bodes well for the 2020 presidential contest, which officially begins today!

The Rundown: Democratic Gains
28 House seats flipped (projected)  * 1 Senate seat flipped
7 Governor seats flipped  *  6 Legislative Chambers flipped, for 7 this cycle
4 Republican super-majorities in state legislatures broken
290 State Legislative seats flipped for a total of 330 this cycle
4 Attorney General seats flipped  *  2 Secretary of State seats flipped
3 State Supreme Court seats flipped

The House

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), 29, is youngest women to be elected to Congress

Projected Results: 230 Democrats to 205 Republicans
Current Count: 222 Democrats to 199 Republicans
Undecided: 14

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.
*  Texas' first Latino Congresswomen: Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)
*  New England's first African-American Congresswomen from their states: Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Jahana Hayes (CT-05).

In Nevada, Democrat Jacky Rosenunseated Dean Heller (R) in only Dem Senate pickup

The Senate
Current Count46 Democrats to 51 Republicans
Undecided: 3 Races (Arizona, Florida, Mississippi

*  In Arizona, Republican Martha McSally holds a 49.3% to 48.4% lead over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema
*  In Florida, Republican Rick Scott holds a 50.2% to 49.8% lead over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson
*  In Mississippi, incumbent Republican Cyndi Hyde-Smith secured 41.5% to Democratic challenger Mike Espy's 40.6%, with two other candidates securing 17.8%.  As no candidate secured 50+%, Hyde-Smith and Espy go to a RunOff Election on November 27th.

Democrat Jared Polis elected nation's first openly gay Governor

Current Count: 23 Democrats to 26 Republicans
Undecided: 1 (Georgia)

*  36 Governors' races were up in the midterms, with Republicans defending 26 seats to Democrats' nine.
*  Democrats flipped seven gubernatorial races and six state legislative chambers, providing a big boost for Dems in controlling the 2021 redistricting process.
* Perhaps the sweetest of those was Tony Evers' (D) defeat of Republican incumbent and labor foe Scott Walker in Wisconsin, a critical battleground state.
* Other Democratic victories include Janet Mills (Maine), Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan), JB Pritzker (Illinois), Laura Kelly (Kansas), Michelle Lujan-Grisham (New Mexico) and in Colorado, Jared Polis, who became the nation's first openly gay Governor.

The Georgia Governor's race, where Democrat Stacey Abrams secured 48.7% to Republican Brian Kemp's 50.3%, and where there widespread voter fraud was reported, is being contested. If the results are adjusted, and one candidate does not received 50+%, then the contest goes to a RunOff December 4th.

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