WASHINGTON – While many races have yet to be called, it is clear after Tuesday’s election that the predicted “blue wave” in the 2018 midterms turned out to be more of a Democratic swell.
Democrats did gain a clear majority in the House and flipped some governorships (although fewer than they had hoped), but Republicans added more seats than expected in the Senate and scored victories in nearly all of the most high-profile races.
Both sides are claiming the results as a victory. So who really came out on top?
Here is a look at the winners and losers from Tuesday:
Loser: Progressive Democrats
Ahead of Tuesday, liberal-leaning commentators were gushing about three Democratic candidates who appeared to be winning over voters in southern states with unapologetically progressive platforms: Beto O’Rourke in the Texas Senate race, Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor race and Stacey Abrams in the Georgia governor race.