Live Blog: The Day After Republicans Took the Senate

Live updates and analysis from the day after Election Day.

Capitol Election Day 2
Allison Shelley/Getty Images
National Journal Staff
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
National Journal Staff
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.

What We're Following See More »
AMID RUSSIA PROBE
Kushner’s Legal Teaming Looking to Hire Crisis PR Team
14 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

"Senior White House official Jared Kushner and his legal team are searching for a crisis public relations firm, according to four people familiar with the matter. Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, has quietly called at least two firms, these people said. The inquiries have occurred in the past two weeks, and officials at the firms were asked not to discuss the conversations with others."

Source:
ADDING MOMENTUM
Sen. Corker Yes on Tax Bill
52 minutes ago
THE LATEST
AFTER CHANGES TO CHILD TAX
Rubio is a Yes on Tax Bill
1 hours ago
THE LATEST
BROADCASTING COMPANY FAILED TO DISCLOSE ADS
FCC Chair to Fine Sinclair $13.3M
1 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Sinclair Broadcasting Corp $13.3 million after it failed to properly disclose that paid programming that aired on local TV stations was sponsored by a cancer institute, three people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The proposed fine, which covers about 1,700 spots including commercials that looked like news stories that aired during newscasts for the Utah-based Huntsman Cancer Institute over a six-month period in 2016, could bolster critics of Sinclair’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co."

Source:
REP. COMMITTED SUICIDE AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
Widow of Kentucky Lawmaker to Run for His Seat
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The day after the suicide of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, his widow announced that she plans to run for his seat. 'Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over,' Rebecca Johnson said in a statement Thursday to multiple news outlets. 'These high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day. I've been fighting behind my husband for 30 years and his fight will go on.'"

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login