As expected, Democrats won the House but lost the Senate. While votes in some races are still being counted, here is where the elections stand now:
In the House of Representatives, Democrats have picked up 31 seats. In the meantime, 11 races—in California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, etc.— are still undecided. In total, Democrats currently occupy 225 seats and Republican 199.
As for the Senate, Republicans control 51 seats, holding a significant advantage over Democrats who only have 46 seats.
There are two outstanding races. In Arizona, Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Martha McSally are locked in a tight race, the former leading with 49.4% of the total votes and the latter barely falling behind with a 49.4% vote share. In Florida, Republican candidate Rick Scott (50.1%) defeated Democratic Senator Bill Nelson (29.9%) by such a narrow margin that an automatic recount is expected to take place.
In the races for governorships, Democrats have won seven seats, now in control of 23 governorships. The Republicans still have an edge over Democrats, holding 26 governor positions. There is still one undecided seat in Georgia and a possible automatic recount in Florida.
One clear trend emerging from this year’s elections is the rising number of women who will serve in Congress. At least 117 female politicians—overwhelmingly Democratic— were elected into the House and the Senate.
Another important theme of the midterms is the prevalence of voter suppression throughout the country. Trump’s new voter ID laws effectively disenfranchised many first- and second-generation immigrant voters as well as other low-income minority groups.
According to The Atlantic, states like Georgia have witnessed the deterioration of voting rights in the past five years. Long lines and voting machine problems continue to deter citizens from going to the voting booths. Moreover, it not only became more difficult to register to vote, but those who did often find their registration canceled for technical reasons. Such legal barriers and intentionally induced confusion have disenfranchised millions. Georgian Republican Brian Kemp, for instance, reported a total number of 1.4 million voters who were disqualified since 2010.
This poll watcher is giving voters instructions about the paper ballots after ALL OF THE MACHINES went down at the Annistown Elementary polling location in Gwinnett County. @wsbtv #Election2018 #ElectionOn2 pic.twitter.com/madEuxx9QE
— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) November 6, 2018
Ready to wait? Hundreds of voters stand in line for hours this morning at this SW Atlanta polling place. Only three voting machines! What’s going on here? Live report at noon. pic.twitter.com/lewTPUZnf1
— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) November 6, 2018
Featured image via Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times