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In midterm elections, a snapshot of two Americas: one progressive, one Trumpist

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Analysis. As election results continue to solidify after Tuesday’s vote, it’s clear that the ‘blue wave’ did not materialize. But Democrats made significant historical gains, electing over 100 women, including women of color and two Muslims, to Congress. Trump now has a counterweight in the House of Representatives.

written by Marina Catucci

Topic U.S. Politics


November 8, 2018

The results of the 2018 midterm elections confirmed expectations: the Republicans strengthened their grip on the Senate, while the Democrats won the House by a wide margin. There were some bruising losses for both camps: the Democrats were faced with the defeat of prominent gubernatorial candidates in Ohio, Georgia and, shockingly, in Florida—where the polls had pointed to a clear Democratic victory. In turn, the Republican candidates lost in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, New Mexico and Michigan.

The Democrats also won the Senate and governor races in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, states which had played a decisive role in Trump’s 2016 victory.

Things didn’t go so well for them in Texas, where, in truth, a victory by Beto O’Rourke had never seemed all that likely: the very fact that the mayor of El Paso managed to get so close........

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