Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, voters from both parties were eager to get out and vote for candidates in one of the wildest election years in recent history. 435 members of the House of Representatives, 35 Senators, 50 Governors, Lieutenant Governors, judges, city council members, state assembly people, and more were up for election. Predictions were made about who would win and how many voters would turn out, but one thing was clear:
No one could’ve truly prepared for the results on election night.
Democrats were hoping for a “blue wave” to sweep across the nation, while Republicans were hoping to save as many seats as possible. Both of these happened, but not in a way people were expecting. There are still several contested races due to the number of ballots being counted, run-off races planned in December due to the tiny difference in vote counts, and misinformation campaigns running at full steam to keep people disinterested.
We’ve broken the results in an easy, digestible manner.
The Senate: Members of both chambers of Congress were up for re-election, but one outcome most analysts agreed on was that the Senate would remain in control of Republicans. 35 senate seats were up for grabs, with 26 owned by Democrats and the rest controlled by Republicans. On election night, the Republicans managed to pick up a few seats, briefly gaining a 4-5 seat lead over Democrats on election night.
The races have been shifting over the past weeks, however, as more ballots are counted. What was once a solid lead over Democrats has turned into a hair-thin majority, with only one seat picked up by Republicans. There are a few races still ongoing, but it’s possible the Senate may remain with its configuration of 51 Republicans to 49 Democrats.
The House: While the Senate proved too difficult for Democrats to win, races for the House were far more favorable. The much-discussed “blue-wave” swept over the House of Representatives, flooding it with Democrats eager to control at least one part of the government and act as a stop to the Trump Administration.
Swaths of the country once thought to be Republican strongholds could not hold back the tide of blue voters, as places like Orange County flipped entirely blue. Democrats now stand with a 30 seat advantage over Republicans and will assume control of the House in the Spring of 2019.
Governorships: Ever since 2010 and the Tea Party takeover of the government, the governorships of a majority of states were controlled by Republicans. Nearly two-thirds of states had a Republican governor, and some theorized that Republicans could stand to call a Constitutional Convention if they wanted.
Come the election, and that majority has turned into a 26-24 split. Republicans now hold the slimmest of margins, and their efforts to call a Convention and change the very Constitution have been thrown into doubt.
This election season was, and still is, plagued by misinformation, gerrymandering, voter suppression (by closing down polls), ballots not being counted or forgotten, voting machines not working properly, and attempts by Republicans and the President to throw parts of the election in doubt. Nevertheless, the Union has marched on, with a new House coming in January and a blue wave that may continue on to the next presidential election.