Live Blog: The Day After Republicans Took the Senate

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Nov. 5, 2014, 1:07 a.m.

The sun rose over a dif­fer­ent Wash­ing­ton this morn­ing. Re­pub­lic­ans have taken con­trol of the Sen­ate, and Demo­crats are reel­ing after rough losses.

This is what happened last night. So what comes next? Stay here for a con­stant stream of up­dates and ana­lys­is. We’ll be highly caf­fein­ated and largely awake.

WHAT WE’RE WAIT­ING FOR Alaska’s Sen­ate race is still up in the air. About a dozen House races re­main un­de­cided, most of them in Cali­for­nia. Pres­id­ent Obama will hold a press con­fer­ence at 2:50 p.m.

BY THE NUM­BERS Track every race res­ult in the na­tion here.

Sarah Mimms on what to ex­pect from Mitch Mc­Con­nell’s Sen­ate.

Billy House on the House’s big­ger Re­pub­lic­an ma­jor­ity, and what that means for John Boehner.

Stephanie Stamm with a map of the new House (hint: lots of red).

And Tim Al­berta on the oth­er win­ners (Christie, Cuomo) and losers (Hil­lary Clin­ton) of these midterms.

Clos­ing down

There are races still un­de­cided, and we won’t for­get them. But it’s look­ing like today won’t be the end. Thanks for stick­ing with us over a wild 24 hours, and we’ll be back to­mor­row — and after — with plenty of news and ana­lys­is. And maybe, even­tu­ally, res­ults from Alaska.

Nancy Pelosi is run­ning again 4:09 p.m.

The House minor­ity lead­er in­tends to put her name in for lead­er again for the next Con­gress, she told mem­bers of the House Demo­crat­ic caucus in a let­ter Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. “I re­spect­fully re­quest your sup­port, your com­ments, and your par­ti­cip­a­tion.”

An­gus King is stay­ing with the Demo­crats 3:55 p.m.

The Re­pub­lic­an Sen­ate will not gain yet an­oth­er mem­ber to their caucus.

The in­de­pend­ent sen­at­or from Maine will stay in the two-year re­la­tion­ship he’s had with the Sen­ate Demo­crat­ic caucus, he an­nounced at a 3:30 press con­fer­ence. It’s a ques­tion Sen. An­gus King has been asked re­peatedly, par­tic­u­larly after cast­ing votes with Re­pub­lic­ans. If the GOP took the Sen­ate ma­jor­ity, would he switch?

His an­swer: “I’ll make that de­cision at the time based upon what’s the best de­cision for Maine. And that time has now come,” King said.

His ra­tionale to stay put was four-fold.

1. Sen. Susan Collins, the oth­er Maine sen­at­or, is a Re­pub­lic­an. It be­ne­fits the state to have mem­bers who can work both caucuses.

2. It’s an ad­vant­age to have a sen­at­or in the same party caucus as the pres­id­ent.

3. He couldn’t ig­nore how well the Demo­crat­ic caucus has treated him and his state, cit­ing ap­point­ments to the Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee and the SeaPower Sub­com­mit­tee. His in­de­pend­ence has al­ways been re­spec­ted in the Demo­crat­ic Caucus.

4. And lastly, he and Collins help pull their col­leagues to­ward the cen­ter. -Rachel Roubein

Obama is speak­ing now 3:04

Fol­low along here.

Eric Can­tor ap­pears 2:40 p.m.

The former House ma­jor­ity lead­er made a rare ap­pear­ance on na­tion­al tele­vi­sion Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon ahead of Pres­id­ent Obama’s re­marks. He had a few words of ad­vice.

“I think that what the pub­lic really needs to hear from the pres­id­ent is, he is com­mit­ted to work­ing with Cap­it­ol Hill, work­ing with the Re­pub­lic­ans, and that he’s not go­ing to demon­strate his ‘my way or the high­way’ way of op­er­at­ing that’s been in the past,” he said on CNN. “I think the big sig­nal to Re­pub­lic­ans in Wash­ing­ton is go­ing to be wheth­er this pres­id­ent is go­ing to ex­ecute his ex­ec­ut­ive or­der on the is­sue of im­mig­ra­tion that’s been so widely re­por­ted.”

Obama, Can­tor said, could po­ten­tially re­con­cile with Re­pub­lic­ans if he does not take ex­ec­ut­ive ac­tion on im­mig­ra­tion.

Can­tor, who lost his Vir­gin­ia primary in June, echoed Mc­Con­nell on what’s not go­ing to hap­pen this year: a gov­ern­ment shut­down. “I don’t think there is a mem­ber of lead­er­ship or most of the House mem­bers who would say shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment, at­tempt­ing to or get­ting near de­fault on the debt, or any of those kind of things, are help­ful in terms of the Re­pub­lic­ans’ abil­ity to garner the con­fid­ence on the country on how to lead,” he said.

The Re­pub­lic­an who de­feated Can­tor, Dave Brat, won his race Tues­day night. -Mar­ina Koren

Don’t for­get Don­ald Trump 2:24 p.m.

He will tweet at you about it.

Mc­Con­nell speaks 2:11 p.m.

Fresh off his own win in Ken­tucky, Sen. Mitch Mc­Con­nell laid out his vis­ion for a Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled Sen­ate dur­ing a press con­ference this af­ter­noon. “The first thing I need to do is get the Sen­ate back to nor­mal and that means work­ing more,” he said. Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Lauren Fox has the full story here.

Gov. Mal­loy em­braces Obama, and wins re-elec­tion in Con­necti­c­ut 1:28 p.m.

Some Demo­crats steered clear of Pres­id­ent Obama this elec­tion, but not Con­necti­c­ut Gov. Dan­nel Mal­loy, who has de­feated GOP chal­lenger Tom Fo­ley, with Fo­ley con­ced­ing Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, after a week­end vis­it from the pres­id­ent. Mal­loy also over­came the sud­den de­cision Sunday by in­de­pend­ent Joe Vis­conti to drop out of the race and en­dorse Fo­ley.

Mal­loy was hit on his de­cision early in his term to raise taxes to help close an un­pre­ced­en­ted 18 per­cent state budget de­fi­cit he in­her­ited. He countered that his ad­min­is­tra­tion has sta­bil­ized the state’s fin­ances and cre­ated of 60,000 private sec­tor jobs. But Fo­ley, a wealthy private equity ex­ec­ut­ive and former am­bas­sad­or to Ire­land, ar­gued Con­necti­c­ut’s re­cov­ery from the re­ces­sion should be bet­ter.

More than 40 per­cent of Con­necti­c­ut’s voters are un­af­fili­ated, and Re­pub­lic­ans saw the race as an open­ing to gain a gov­ernor­ship in the North­east. -Billy House

The races we’re still wait­ing on 1:27 p.m.

There are still just over a dozen races that have yet to be called by the AP. Some high­lights:

In the Sen­ate, we’re still wait­ing on an end to the Alaska race pit­ting in­cum­bent Demo­crat Mark Be­gich against Re­pub­lic­an Dan Sul­li­van, who is cur­rently lead­ing. Mark Warner’s race against Ed Gillespie in Vir­gin­ia still isn’t called, al­though Warner has de­clared vic­tory.

Ari­zona’s second dis­trict, where in­cum­bent Ron Barber is try­ing to fend of Re­pub­lic­an Martha Mc­Sally in Gabby Gif­fords’ old dis­trict.

Sev­en races in Cali­for­nia are cur­rently too close to call, in­clud­ing Demo­crat Ami Be­ra’s seat (who is cur­rently down), and Mike Honda’s race against fel­low Demo­crat Ro Khanna. We’re still also wait­ing to see if Carl De­Maio’s bid against Demo­crat Scott Peters pays off in the state.

In New York, long-time Demo­crat Rep. Louise Slaughter’s race still isn’t called, al­though she has a slight edge over her Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger, Mark Assini.

The big re­main­ing gov­ernor’s race: Still no an­swer for Alaska, where in­cum­bent Re­pub­lic­an Sean Par­nell is get­ting a tough chal­lenge from in­de­pend­ent Bill Walk­er. In Con­necti­c­ut, Re­pub­lic­an Tom Fo­ley has con­ceded, al­though AP hasn’t yet made it of­fi­cial. -Matt Ber­man

Re­ince Priebus vaunts GOP re­boot 12:41 p.m.

The chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee is point­ing to a shakeup of party strategy to help ex­plain why the GOP won big last night. “After the Growth and Op­por­tun­ity Pro­ject, we fun­da­ment­ally changed our strategy to ex­pand the elect­or­ate and build per­man­ent re­la­tion­ships in com­munit­ies,” Priebus said in a Wed­nes­day event, re­fer­ring to a Re­pub­lic­an party re­port that he com­mis­sioned in the af­ter­math of the 2012 elec­tion. The re­port re­flec­ted on the GOP’s fail­ings lead­ing up to a sweep­ing Demo­crat­ic vic­tory in 2012.

“We made a stra­tegic de­cision to pri­or­it­ize low-propensity voters, and we in­ves­ted in a new data-driv­en ground game,” Priebus said Wed­nes­day. “The res­ults speak for them­selves. We won with our new strategy, and we beat the oth­er side at their own game.” -Kaveh Wad­dell

Prom­in­ent Dem: The world stepped on our can­did­ates’ eco­nom­ic mes­sage 12:32 p.m.

Rep. Chris Van Hol­len, a key ally of House Demo­crat­ic Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, said Sen­ate Demo­crats could have con­cen­trated more on their eco­nom­ic mes­sage. But the world got in the way.

“I do be­lieve that we lost the fo­cus on the core eco­nom­ic is­sues. It wasn’t totally as a res­ult of tak­ing our eye off the ball. It was partly as a res­ult of the fact that you have all these oth­er crises emer­ging that dom­in­ated the air­waves in the last three or four weeks, things like Ebola, things like IS­IS,” Van Hol­len, who chaired the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee sev­er­al years ago, said on MS­N­BC Wed­nes­day. He said House Demo­crats did a bet­ter job of keep­ing their eye on the eco­nomy. “House Demo­crats have been fo­cused on this eco­nom­ic mes­sage all along. I think that in many of the Sen­ate races, the fo­cus was else­where,” said the Mary­land law­maker who is the top Demo­crat on the House Budget Com­mit­tee.

He noted that bal­lot meas­ures to boost the min­im­um wage passed in a quar­tet of states — Arkan­sas, Neb­raska, South Dakota and Alaska. “These are all red states. So I do be­lieve as we move for­ward we have got to fo­cus on those core eco­nom­ic is­sues, bread and but­ter is­sues,” Van Hol­len said, cit­ing is­sues in­clud­ing stu­dent debt and end­ing tax breaks that he said en­cour­age U.S. com­pan­ies to move jobs over­seas. -Ben Ge­man

Mark Warner’s law­yer is “100 per­cent cer­tain” the Demo­crat will pre­vail in Vir­gin­ia 12:30 p.m.

“‹Marc Eli­as, the Demo­crat­ic elec­tion law­yer who’s rep­res­ent­ing Vir­gin­ia Sen. Mark Warner in the af­ter­math of his sur­pris­ingly close elec­tion with GOP can­did­ate Ed Gillespie, told re­port­ers on a con­fer­ence call that he’s “100 per­cent cer­tain” Warner will be sworn in for a second term.

“There is noth­ing we’ve seen so far in the pro­cess of Elec­tion Day or today that sug­gests any­thing oth­er than the sen­at­or’s lead will re­main sol­id,” Eli­as said.

Vir­gin­ia’s re­count laws al­low can­did­ates to re­quest a re­count if the fi­nal vote mar­gin is less than 1 per­cent­age point. With 99.9 per­cent of pre­cincts re­port­ing Wed­nes­day, Warner led Gillespie 49.1 per­cent to 48.5 per­cent, or a mar­gin of about 12,000 votes.

“It’s simply a mat­ter of ba­sic math: 12,000 votes is a close elec­tion but it is not a re­count­able elec­tion,” Eli­as said. “There is no pre­ced­ent in Vir­gin­ia “… for a 12,000-vote lead, out of 2 mil­lion votes, to lead to an even plaus­ibly suc­cess­ful re­count.”‹” -Emily Schul­the­is

What happened in Vir­gin­ia? 12:20 p.m.

The AP still hasn’t called the state’s Sen­ate race, but Mark Warner is de­clar­ing vic­tory. The big ques­tion: how did he be­come so en­dangered to be­gin with? An­swers, from Ben Per­sh­ing.

Has the GOP done enough to prove it can really com­pete for 2016? 12:17 p.m.

Re­pub­lic­ans proved they are mak­ing pro­gress in ap­peal­ing to voters by win­ning the swing states of North Car­o­lina and Col­or­ado, but the elect­or­ate in midterms nat­ur­ally fa­vors them already. In 2016, they’ll have to grow their na­tion­al ap­peal. The best way to do that is to le­gis­late sens­ibly and make sure that they do something to ap­peal to Latino voters over the next two years. -Lauren Fox

What a Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress means for a deal with Ir­an 12:14 p.m.

Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans have been vo­cal about their op­pos­i­tion to Pres­id­ent Obama’s nuc­le­ar ne­go­ti­ations with Ir­an, and now that they con­trol both houses, they can use their in­creased lever­age to force the pres­id­ent’s hand.

Demo­crats in Con­gress have gen­er­ally blocked Re­pub­lic­an moves to ne­go­ti­ate more ag­gress­ively with Ir­an over its nuc­le­ar pro­gram. But “the new Sen­ate GOP ma­jor­ity is go­ing to take a much, much tough­er line to­ward any deal,” a seni­or Re­pub­lic­an aide told the Wash­ing­ton Post. -Kaveh Wad­dell

Will the new Con­gress ac­tu­ally be able to do any­thing? 12:08 p.m.

If you listen closely to what Re­pub­lic­ans said in the days lead­ing up to elec­tion, you’ll make out a com­mon theme. Namely that the party is newly com­mit­ted to bi­par­tis­an­ship and get­ting things done in Con­gress.

It’s a mes­sage that’s some­what at odds with an­oth­er cur­rent in their mes­saging that vows to stop Obama’s agenda. But Re­pub­lic­ans in­sist those mis­sions are com­pat­ible, or a good way to get elec­ted any­way. Their over­whelm­ing vic­tory Tues­day, from state­houses to the Sen­ate, sug­gests that at least the lat­ter is cor­rect.

It’s also an im­port­ant mes­sage to em­phas­ize ahead of 2016, if they want to im­prove per­cep­tions about the ef­fic­acy of a Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled Con­gress. Wheth­er com­prom­ise will hap­pen, is an­oth­er thing. But I’ve com­piled some of their best prom­ises here. -Lu­cia Graves

High-pro­file Key­stone pipeline ad­voc­ate on the brink of los­ing in Neb­raska 11:48 a.m.

Elec­tion night brought a fili­buster-proof Sen­ate ma­jor­ity in fa­vor of the Key­stone XL pipeline. But across Cap­it­ol Hill, there’s a strong chance that one of the pipeline’s most en­thu­si­ast­ic GOP back­ers won’t be back to en­joy the more pro-Key­stone Con­gress. Neb­raska Rep. Lee Terry is trail­ing Demo­crat­ic chal­lenger Brad Ash­ford, a state sen­at­or, by sev­er­al thou­sand votes as the count­ing con­tin­ues, the Omaha World-Her­ald re­por­ted early this morn­ing. But Key­stone op­pon­ents can only cel­eb­rate so much — Ash­ford signed a let­ter to the State De­part­ment in March that urged ap­prov­al of the pro­ject. -Ben Ge­man

Hick­en­loop­er snags second term as Col­or­ado gov­ernor 11:22 a.m.

Des­pite a rock­i­er-than-ex­pec­ted end to his first term, Demo­crat­ic Gov. John Hick­en­loop­er won a second one over Re­pub­lic­an ex-Rep. Bob Beau­prez Tues­day in Col­or­ado, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Hick­en­loop­er’s ap­prov­al rat­ings soared dur­ing his first two years in of­fice, but they sank in 2013 as he and Demo­crat­ic le­gis­lat­ors en­acted a slew of pro­gress­ive meas­ures, in­clud­ing new gun con­trol laws. Still, Hick­en­loop­er was able to over­come Beau­prez, who man­aged a high­er per­cent­age of the vote than in his first run for governor in 2006, when he lost by more than 20 points. But some of the luster that once put Hick­en­loop­er’s name in pres­id­en­tial con­ver­sa­tions has def­in­itely come off. -Scott Bland

Min­im­um wage gets bumped up in four states — all of which voted in Re­pub­lic­ans 10:48 a.m.

Voters in Alaska, Arkan­sas, South Dakota, and Neb­raska ap­proved meas­ures to raise the min­im­um wage in the same night they voted Re­pub­lic­ans in­to Con­gress. The move­ment to raise the min­im­um wage, tra­di­tion­ally a lib­er­al cause, cap­tured as much as 69 per­cent of the vote in Alaska and 65 per­cent in Arkan­sas.

The states’ new min­im­um wages range from $9.75 in Alaska to $8.50 in Arkan­sas and South Dakota, and will kick in over the next few years. In two states — Alaska and South Dakota — the min­im­um wage will con­tin­ue to rise with the rate of in­fla­tion.

The cur­rent fed­er­al min­im­um wage is $7.25. Right now, 23 states have laws that re­quire a high­er hourly wage, and three more states’ wage hikes will take ef­fect in Janu­ary. Pres­id­ent Obama and con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats have pushed for a much high­er fed­er­al min­im­um wage of $10.10, but Re­pub­lic­ans have so far blocked these pro­pos­als. -Kaveh Wad­dell

First we had the Kanye tweet. Now we have the Rom­ney tweet 10:40 a.m.

Eric Can­tor of­fers warn­ing to ex-col­leagues, sizes up new Con­gress 10:01 a.m.

Van­quished former House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor sees a couple of keys to a pro­duct­ive 2015 in Wash­ing­ton. Can­tor, in a CN­BC in­ter­view Wed­nes­day, said that if Pres­id­ent Obama goes ahead with his planned ex­ec­ut­ive ac­tion on im­mig­ra­tion, it would “really ag­grav­ate” things on Cap­it­ol Hill.

But Can­tor also offered a warn­ing to the GOP’s right flank: Don’t mess with new fed­er­al spend­ing le­gis­la­tion that will re­place the cur­rent stop­gap meas­ure that ex­pires on Dec. 11.

“There may be a small group and a minor­ity that can thwart that, and say we don’t want to com­plete any­thing and let’s just kick the can in­to next Con­gress so we don’t have to ne­go­ti­ate with Harry Re­id one last time,” Can­tor said. “If that hap­pens, I think equally, there could be some trouble signs about what to ex­pect in 2015.” Cant­or, who shock­ingly lost his June primary to tea party-backed chal­lenger Dave Brat, is now a man­aging dir­ect­or with the in­vest­ment bank Moel­is & Com­pany. -Ben Ge­man

What a GOP Sen­ate means for Obama­care 9:52 a.m.

Re­pub­lic­ans won a Sen­ate ma­jor­ity in part by pledging to re­peal Obama­care. Now they have to fig­ure out what to do in­stead. Read Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Sam Baker on the del­ic­ate bal­ance Mitch Mc­Con­nell has to strike here.

Demo­crats are point­ing fin­gers at Obama for last night’s losses 9:28 a.m.

Demo­crats are pick­ing up the pieces after los­ing dozens of con­gres­sion­al seats to the GOP last night, and some are turn­ing their an­ger on the pres­id­ent. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Demo­crat from West Vir­gin­ia, told MS­N­BC last night that the pres­id­ent’s en­ergy policies hurt his party’s chances in coal coun­try.

A Sen­ate Demo­crat­ic aide told The Hill that “it was Pres­id­ent Obama drag­ging can­did­ates down across the coun­try.”

And Dav­id Krone, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id’s chief of staff, told The Wash­ing­ton Post that Obama didn’t do Demo­crats any fa­vors. “The pres­id­ent’s ap­prov­al rat­ing is barely 40 per­cent,” he said. “What else more is there to say?…I’m sorry. It doesn’t mean that the mes­sage was bad, but some­times the mes­sen­ger isn’t good.” -Kaveh Wad­dell

Scott Brown worked out his loss at the gym this morn­ing 9:19 a.m.

The former Mas­sachu­setts sen­at­or was de­feated by Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent Jeanne Shaheen in New Hamp­shire’s Sen­ate race. Brown’s cam­paign fo­cused heav­ily on cur­rent events, in­clud­ing the threats of Ebola and ter­ror­ist group Is­lam­ic State, but that wasn’t enough to get him back to Con­gress.

The press con­fer­ences are com­ing 9:07 a.m.

Mitch Mc­Con­nell will hold one at 2 p.m., and Pres­id­ent Obama at 2:50 p.m.

The cur­rent status of weed le­gis­la­tion in Amer­ica 9:01 a.m.

Alaska this morn­ing joined Ore­gon, Col­or­ado and Wash­ing­ton state in leg­al­iz­ing marijuana for re­cre­ation­al use. And in D.C., voters ap­proved a meas­ure that leg­al­izes pos­ses­sion — but not sale — of marijuana, pending a re­view by loc­al gov­ern­ment. Dur­ing this re­view peri­od, Con­gress can also step in to block the meas­ure.

Guam passed a more re­strict­ive pot meas­ure Tues­day af­ter­noon, al­low­ing for med­ic­al marijuana use. A sim­il­ar med­ic­al mar­ijuana bill failed in Flor­ida, where it fell shy of the 60 per­cent sup­port it needed to pass. -Kaveh Wad­dell

Mitch Mc­Con­nell sets his Sen­ate agenda. Hint: no gov­ern­ment shut­downs 8:45 a.m.

Time‘s Jay New­ton-Small has an in­ter­view with Mitch Mc­Con­nell out this morn­ing, in which the fu­ture Sen­ate ma­jor­ity lead­er seemed “giddy.” Mc­Con­nell prom­ised there would be no shut­downs, nor would there be a full re­peal of Obama­care. What his Sen­ate will be do­ing, however, is “ap­prov­ing the Key­stone XL pipeline, re­peal­ing the med­ic­al device tax, try­ing to re­store the 40-hour work week, try­ing to get rid of the in­di­vidu­al man­date.”

And what about un­do­ing the nuc­le­ar op­tion? “Oh, we’ll dis­cuss that when we get back,” Mc­Con­nell said. And im­mig­ra­tion re­form? “We’re go­ing to dis­cuss that after the elec­tion.” -Mar­ina Koren

This is the Re­pub­lic­an Sen­ate on en­ergy 8:33 a.m.

Could a GOP-con­trolled Congress force Obama’s hand on Key­stone? How about EPA rules? Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Clare For­an and Ben Ge­man ex­plain here.

Chris Christie says GOP vic­tory isn’t about him, while mak­ing the TV rounds 8:29 a.m.

The New Jer­sey gov­ernor stopped by all five ma­jor net­works this morn­ing to of­fer up his ana­lys­is of what the Re­pub­lic­an elect­or­al sweep means for his party go­ing for­ward. On NBC’s “Today,” Christie said that he shouldn’t get cred­it for Re­pub­lic­ans’ ma­jor gains, des­pite his ag­gress­ive cam­paign­ing in the leadup to the elec­tion.

“It’s not about me,” he told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “I was happy to help. I’m glad to have their con­fid­ence, but that’s all it is.” He also ap­peared on ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,” CBS’s “This Morn­ing,” CNN, and Fox News. Still not about him, though. -Kaveh Wad­dell

Rand Paul says Hil­lary Clin­ton didn’t help Demo­crats 8:22 a.m.

The Ken­tucky sen­at­or is diving right in­to the 2016 race, and he didn’t hold back on Hil­lary in an ap­pear­ance on CNN. “I don’t think she was an as­set. I think that she, the Clin­tons, for a long time have been per­ceived as ‘Oh, hey, they can help Demo­crats con­vince people in the South, there [will] still be some con­ser­vat­ive Demo­crats,’ but guess what? It doesn’t work any­more,” he said. “Even in their home state in Arkan­sas, it didn’t work last night. They cam­paigned heav­ily in Iowa; didn’t work in Iowa. They cam­paigned heav­ily in Ken­tucky.”

He con­tin­ued: “They’re sup­posed to be this Clin­ton cachet. The shini­ness has worn off of that.” -Mar­ina Koren

The oth­er win­ners and losers 7:49 a.m.

Plenty of 2016 con­tenders had something at stake in the midterms. Read Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Tim Al­berta on who gained ground (Christie, Cuomo), and here’s who didn’t (Hil­lary) here.

Obama called Mc­Con­nell last night 7:22 a.m.

A White House of­fi­cial tells CNN that the pres­id­ent called Mitch Mc­Con­nell after the Ken­tucky sen­at­or won re-elec­tion last night to con­grat­u­late him, and left a mes­sage. “The pres­id­ent is anxious to get to work and put the midterms be­hind him,” Jim Acosta writes. But doesn’t Obama know every­one hates get­ting voice­mail?

Obama will meet with con­gres­sion­al lead­ers, in­clud­ing Mc­Con­nell, on Fri­day.

Obama press con­fer­ence to come this af­ter­noon 6:43 a.m.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earn­est just tweeted that the pres­id­ent will hold a news con­fer­ence this af­ter­noon.

Nearly 20 House races still un­called 6:34 a.m.

The morn­ing after Elec­tion Day, around 20 House races re­main un­de­cided. Most of them are clustered in Cali­for­nia, which is both home to a num­ber of swing dis­tricts and a state with a repu­ta­tion for count­ing bal­lots slowly. Ari­zona also has mul­tiple dis­tricts still up in the air for the second con­sec­ut­ive elec­tion. In 2012, late count­ing in both of those states favored Demo­crats.

A num­ber of sur­pris­ingly close races from around the coun­try also dot the un­called map: Vet­er­an Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., a long­time ally of Nancy Pelosi who rep­res­ents a lib­er­al-lean­ing dis­trict, has only a few hun­dred votes on her un­her­al­ded chal­lenger, and the AP is with­hold­ing a call on the race. Same goes for Demo­crat­ic Rep. John Delaney in Mary­land, while Rep. Jim Costa, D-Cal­if., is ac­tu­ally be­hind his chal­lenger in the Cent­ral Val­ley with the ini­tial pre­cinct count com­ing to an end.

No one is talk­ing re­counts yet, but in a few places, House races are still bleed­ing in­to over­time. -Scott Bland

Which states split the most tick­ets? 6:20 a.m.

On a mostly one-sided Elec­tion Day, a hand­ful of states man­aged to defy one-party sweeps — or at least elect statewide can­did­ates with widely dis­par­ate mar­gins.

In Mas­sachu­setts, for ex­ample, Re­pub­lic­an Charlie Baker claimed a nar­row two-point win in the gov­ernor’s race des­pite Demo­crat­ic Sen. Ed Mar­key’s 34-point reelec­tion.

That trend held in Michigan and Illinois, where Rick Snyder and Bruce Rau­ner claimed their state’s gov­ernor­ships des­pite double-di­git losses from the GOP’s re­spect­ive Sen­ate can­did­ates. Snyder’s spread swung 17 points from Demo­crat Gary Peters’ per­form­ance in the Sen­ate race, while Rau­ner pulled a 15-point mar­gin from Sen. Dick Durbin’s easy reelec­tion.

Even in states where one party claimed both mar­quee statewide races, the mar­gins wer­en’t al­ways uni­form. Sen. Jack Reed cruised to vic­tory in Rhode Is­land by 41 points, while Demo­crat­ic coun­ter­part Gina Rai­mondo sweated out a four-point win in the gov­ernor’s race.

And on the GOP side of things, Maine Gov. Paul LePage eked out a just-suf­fi­cient plur­al­ity of voters, cur­rently lead­ing his op­pon­ent by four points; mean­while, Sen. Susan Collins is run­ning up a 36-point lead. -Alex Brown

It’s not over yet 6:01 a.m.

At least not for sev­er­al key areas, like Sen­ate races in Alaska and Vir­gin­ia and the gov­ernor’s race in Col­or­ado. Res­ults are still com­ing in for Cali­for­nia’s 52nd dis­trict, where Re­pub­lic­an Carl De­Maio main­tains a very slim lead over Demo­crat in­cum­bent Scott Peters.

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