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America steps back from the abyss

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On Tuesday night, America stepped back from the abyss.

It was not, perhaps, the overwhelming repudiation of President Trump’s vulgar, divisive, race-baiting and sometimes lawless tenure that Democrats had hoped for. But it was, at least, a correction, and a rebuke of the Trump presidency.

Democrats, at this writing, were on the cusp of recapturing the House, a monumental achievement in itself, given that they needed to win the popular vote by a large margin to overcome the disadvantages of gerrymandering and the like. Republicans were routed in Pennsylvania, Virginia and elsewhere, and prominent GOP figures such as Rep. Pete Sessions (Tex.) were defeated. When Republicans won House seats, they did so by less than Trump did in the same districts two years ago.

Democrats were falling short in Florida and Georgia but prevailed in several gubernatorial races — Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly won in deep-red Kansas, coming closer to parity with Republicans nationally. Early indications showed gains for Democrats in state legislatures.

And though Democrats didn’t prevail in the Senate — it was always a long shot, given that they were defending seats in 10 states that Trump won — they won handily in places that Trump carried two years ago, such as Pennsylvania, West........

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