Irrelevant Dude wrote:Checking on the Senate races yet to be called, it looks like they are all likely to go Republican.
As much as I hate to say it, Republicans came out on top yesterday. They won basically every close Senate race, which was pretty much their best case scenario.
The results also reinforced Trump's influence. Trump-backed candidates win and moderate Republicans lose. Don't expect to see Republicans breaking from Trump anytime soon. They are tied to him more than ever.
Winning the House is a positive step for Democrats, but the Senate results paint a scary picture for 2020. Trump will certainly lose the popular vote in 2020, and possibly by a much larger margin than 2016, but that may not be enough to defeat the electoral college.
Democrats flipped the House of Representatives, 7 governorships and a bunch of state legislatures. They won the national vote by 7 points, in a mid-term. They also won 2/3rds of Senate races.
Republicans slightly widened their margin in the Senate that they already controlled and flipped nothing of consequence.
Politics is all about stupid expectation games, but there is no universe in which Republicans came out on top yesterday.