Democrats took control of the House of Representatives after Tuesday’s midterm election, winning more than the 23 seats needed for the party to flip the house. However, Republicans have maintained control over the Senate.
While the results weren’t the “blue wave” Democrats had hoped for, a historical number of Democratic women and minority candidates ran on a national scale. Not all outcomes were as successful as the party anticipated.
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won New York’s 14th congressional district, making her the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29.
Republican Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, lost re-election to Democratic opponent Elwood Caudill Jr. Davis was jailed in 2015 for defying the Supreme Court in her refusal to issue same-sex couples’ marriage licenses.
Republican Brian Kemp beat out Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s closely watched governor race. If Abrams had won, she would have been the first black female governor in the U.S.
Republican Ron DeSantis was projected to win Florida’s governor race against Democrat Andrew Gillum with roughly 50 percent of the votes. Gillum would have been the first black governor in the U.S. if elected. The state has consistently elected Republican governors since 1998, according to the New York Times.
Democrat Laura Kelly won Kansas’ governor race, beating out Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
This election, 30 house races were considered competitive toss-up races and were held by a Republican, according to the Cook Political report. Of the 30 toss-up races, six were in California and three were in Orange County.
Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, who would serve his 16th term if re-elected, and Democrat opponent Harley Rouda remained nearly tied in votes. The race to represent California’s 48th congressional district, one of the seats needed to flip the house, was too close to call early Wednesday.
Rouda was one of two former Republicans who ran as Democrats to represent Orange County in Congress. He fought to flip the once well-known right wing county that voted for every Republican presidential candidate since Franklin D. Roosevelt, until Donald Trump.
Republican and former state assemblywoman Young Kim maintained a steady lead over Democratic challenger Gil Cisneros in the race to represent California’s 39th congressional district.
Both ex-Republicans, Rouda and Cisneros said they have not changed their views as much as the Republican Party has narrowed its values, moving away from fiscal responsibility, free trade and its internationalist outlook, according to the LA Times.
In the primary elections, Rouda and Cisneros’ opponents denounced them as opportunists disloyal to party affiliation, according to the LA Times. But now, they won a couple of once-solid GOP seats.
Devin Nunes held about a 15 percent lead over Democratic challenger Andrew Janz. Nunes has served the district since 2012, after representing the 21st district for 10 years.
In the 45th district, the race between Democrat Katie Porter and Republican incumbent Mimi Walters, who held the seat in Congress for two terms, remained close throughout the night.
In the race to represent the 49th district, Democrat Mike Levin had a 7 percent lead in votes over Republican opponent Diane Harkey. Republican Darrell Issa held the seat for 17 years.