Election Day in the US: The day after
Democrats had a huge night in state legislative races — which are little-watched but crucial for redistricting.
Democrats have so far gained six “trifectas,” or states where they control the governor’s office and both chambers of the legislature. The new trifectas are...
- New Mexico
- New York
Those are added to the party’s eight existing trifectas (although the Connecticut governor’s race still bears watching).
They also busted four Republican trifectas: Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the party’s arm that works on state legislative races, said that as of 3 a.m. ET, Democrats had won 333 previously Republican-held seats.
These state legislative battles were among Republicans’ biggest successes during former President Barack Obama’s tenure, a period in which they gained nearly 1,000 seats.
Democrats had been at a major disadvantage in state capitals headed into this year’s midterm elections. But the party has also gained the governor’s offices in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin.
The estimated national turnout for the 2018 midterm election will end up around 113 million, according to Edison Research.
That would be approximately 49% of eligible voters.
With 91% of precincts reporting nationwide, here is the party breakdown so far.
- Democrats: 51,792,910 votes
- Republicans: 46,190,531 votes
Keep in mind: These numbers are an estimate and can change. Votes are still being counted.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders just tweeted that President Trump will have an 11:30 a.m. ET press news today.
The news conference comes one day after the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats on Tuesday captured the House of Representatives, Republicans held on to the Senate and women made history.
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's Election Day:
- Divided party control: Democrats won the House and are set to exert a major institutional check on President Trump. Republicans will keep control of the Senate. That could lead to more legislative gridlock unless the two parties are able to find common ground.
- A night of firsts: Two Democrats will become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will become the first Muslim women in Congress. Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis' bid for governor will be the first openly gay member of Congress will become the first openly gay man elected governor.
- The Georgia governor's race: Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, though trailing in the latest numbers, refused to concede the race in Georgia early this morning.
- Arizona is counting ballots: No winner was declared in the Arizona Senate race between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally. The Recorder’s Office will be verifying signatures on early voting ballots, as well as counting them.