TAMPA – It was a long night for politicos everywhere as the 2018 midterm election voting was counted, announced, and the winners called. It was a night of surprises and firsts for candidates individually and specific groupings like women, citizens of color, and veterans who were elected in record numbers. As of the time of this posting 4 Senate seats and 23 House Congressional seats remain. The GOP is expected to maintain its majority in the Senate as key states like Florida, Texas and Indiana rounded up the red vote with talks of “Caravan & Kavanaugh.” The House is projected to flip to a Democratic majority after front-runners in Iowa and New York surprised pollsters in major population centers as they turned blue into wee hours of the morning.
Some Firsts For Women
Tennessee’s 7th district welcomed the state’s first female Senator, Marsha Blackburn, who took home 54.7% of the vote at 99% in. Once the state’s Attorney General, Janet Mills has won Maine’s first female governorship. Democratic winner of New York’s 14th congressional district, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has become the youngest woman to serve in congress, aged 29, after defeating 10-term incumbent Anthony Pappas. Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley also unseated a 10-terms incumbent in Massachusetts become the first African-American member of the House in the state’s history taking seat in the 7th district. Kansas and New Mexico saw their first Native-American congresswomen, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, both progressives running on medicare for all and impeachment of the President. In an historic total, over 100 women have been elected for Congressional seats and as many as 200 women have been elected nationwide in federal and state level offices. Many of these women were more than one ‘first’ as some were also the first of their heritage, sexual orientation, and/or religious affiliation to take a seat.
Some Twists and Turns
There were some unpleasant surprises this round as well. “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas lost the bid for Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz not withstanding an estimated $70M of investment in his campaign. During his concession speech the night of the election O’Rourke was filmed using a strong expletive and has effectively lost his darling status in the Democratic party (perhaps).
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum lost his bid against Representative Ron DeSantis of Florida marking a surprise upset in the gubernatorial race for the confident Democratic party. A similar story is playing out in Georgia where money and star-power like Kanye “Ye” West and Oprah Winfrey were not enough to pull out a certain governorship for Stacey Abrams. As of the time of this publication Abrams has refused to concede the race in which she is separated from Republican candidate Brian Kemp by approx. 75,000 votes. Kansas Secretary-of-State Kris Kobach is projected to lose his gubernatorial bid as well marred by election-integrity suspicions to now governor-elect, Laura Kelly.
Across The Country: Maps Via Axios
The Senate is expected to seat the majority with 52 votes.
The House is expected to seat the Democratic majority with Nancy Pelosi being the front-runner for Majority Leader.
The Gubernatorial races are expected to maintain a Republican majority.
Poll data is finalizing and there is still the opportunity for a Run-Off in some races where another ballot and election held on December 4th with just the final two candidates on the ballot. Stay tuned to The Daily Barker as the final ballots are counted for the latest on the 2018 midterm election.