Despite record voter turnout and a staggering $5 billion political spend between both parties, Democrats’ hoped-for ‘blue wave’ failed to materialize on Tuesday. Instead, the reality was closer to a purple wash.
Democrats won a slight majority in the House – they were up 26 seats at last count, three more than the 23 needed to flip control, with more races expected to be called in their favor on Wednesday – but Republicans picked up seats in the Senate, solidifying what had been a razor-thin majority. Almost all of those seats were won by staunch conservatives who are expected to back the Trump agenda. Meanwhile, it’s unlikely that the Democrats will come anywhere close to the 40 seats they would have needed to signify a “tsunami-like” victory. However, at least one Democratic narrative was validated as 18 of the 29 Republican districts that flipped to the Democrats were won by women, cementing the ‘year of the woman’ narrative… CLICK for complete article