We’re less than 48 hours from the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections, but for me, here are the statistics that defined it:
- 29: The number of seats Democrats gained in the House, as of this writing
- 2: The number of Senate seats Republicans gained in the Senate
- 46,143,122: The number of votes cast in favor of Democratic Senators
- 46: The number of Senate seats Democrats now control
- 33,593,564: The number of votes cast in favor of Republican Senators
- 51: The number of Senate seats Republicans now control
- 2.6%: The percentage vote that Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke lost by
- 95%: The percentage of black women that voted for Beto O’Rourke
- 71%: The percentage of white men that voted for Ted Cruz
- 62,712: The margin of victory in votes that Georgia governor Brian Kemp won by, over Democrat Stacey Abrams (a runoff is possible but unlikely)
- 1.5 million: The number of voters Georgia purged from rolls under Kemp (source)
- 1.2%: The margin of victory that Democrat Tony Evers beat governor Scott Walker by in Wisconsin
- 1%: The maximum margin of victory under which a competitor in the governor’s race can demand a recount, thanks to Scott Walker
- 61%: In exit polls, the percentage of people ages 18-44 that voted for Democrats (source)
- 92%: Percentage of Democrats in exit polls who believe Congress should impeach Trump
- 100+: The number of women elected to Congress, many of them running for the first time
- The first openly gay male governor ever elected: Jared Polis
- The first and second Muslim women ever elected to Congress: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar
- The first Native American woman ever elected to Congress: Sharice Davids
- The youngest woman ever elected to Congress: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Overall, this week was a big victory. Dems gained control of the House, there’ll now be a check on executive power, Trump’s legislative agenda is basically dead, and many people from underrepresented groups were elected. That said, I can’t help but think about the fact that millions still voted in favor of bigotry, weakening our institutions, and taking away the rights of others. It feels like our country is on the knife’s edge and a healthy majority of people, woefully underrepresented in our current governmental structure, are just barely holding us back from oblivion.
A few more takes to consider:
- Republican David Frum shares his thoughts on lessons from the Midterms.
- I liked The Weeds’ podcast deep dive into the election.
- The Daily podcast predicts that we will see an even more dysfunctional Congress, as Republicans confirm more judges and Democrats launch more investigations.
- Elaina Plott, on why Beto lost.
- Nate Silver assesses the electoral map for 2020.