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Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump tells confidants Ryan is to blame for Republican election setbacks  —  Hours before polls closed on Tuesday, President Trump already was blaming retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan for not doing enough to support his agenda and keep the House in Republican hands.
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Midterm election 2018 live updates: Trump says ‘success’ despite Democrats projected to take House
NBC News:   Out of many, several trailblazing ‘firsts’ elected across country
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
How to argue about whether these midterms were a ‘blue wave’
Discussion: Vox, Mother Jones and Althouse
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Midterms deliver crop of barrier-breaking victors from LGBT winners to record numbers of women
The Daily Beast:
Dana Rohrabacher, Putin's Favorite Congressman, Loses his Seat to Democrat Harley Rouda  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher—the pro-Russia Republican who once boasted about a drunken arm-wrestling contest with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 1990s—has lost his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda.
Discussion: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and Voice of OC
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Republicans are paying the Trump tax  —  Trump's political strategy is failing.  —  At this point, Democrats look certain to take back the House.  But due to geography and gerrymandering, their majority in the chamber will fall far short of their majority at the polls.
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Washington Examiner:
‘Blue wave’ turns out to be ordinary election, rather than an extraordinary rebuke to Trump  —  Democrats won the U.S. House last night.  They also fell devastatingly short of their own expectations, and the resounding rebuke they hoped to deliver to President Trump has landed as a modest disagreement.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections
Discussion: Washington Post
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Stacey Abrams refuses to concede Georgia governor's race  —  (CNN)Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is not conceding the Georgia governor's race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp, arguing that the high stakes contest is too close to call.  —  CNN has not projected a winner in the Georgia governor's race …
CNN:
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”
Discussion: FOX2now.com
Carol Anderson / The Atlantic:
Brian Kemp's Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk
Discussion: Hit & Run and CBS News
NBC News:
Dennis Hof, the brothel owner who died last month, wins election  —  The reality TV star was found dead on Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday.  —  LAS VEGAS — A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself …
Discussion: CNBC
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Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Steve Sisolak becomes Nevada's first Democratic governor in decades
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheBlaze
Henry Brean / Las Vegas Review-Journal:   Dennis Hof, deceased brothel owner, wins Nevada Assembly race
TMZ.com:
Dennis Hof Wins Election For Nevada State Assembly Seat Weeks After Death
Discussion: RedState
Steven Shepard / Politico:
7 takeaways from a wild midterm election  —  Driven by massive voter turnout, the 2018 midterm election was both a blue wave and a red wave.  It just depended on which map you were looking at.  —  Democrats blazed a suburban trail to wrest control of the House from Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Washington Post:
Midterm elections: Democrats flip House as GOP expands Senate majority
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:   Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Last Slide  —  MADISON - After upending Wisconsin politics and infuriating liberals across the country, Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost his bid for a third term Tuesday to Tony Evers, the leader of the education establishment Walker blew up eight years ago.  —  The Associated Press called …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Scott Walker loses bid for third term in Wisconsin
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Democrat Tony Evers ousts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
Live blog: Midterm election 2018 results, news and analysis  —  Watch Live: NBC News coverage of the 2018 midterm elections  —  Tuesday's pivotal midterm elections will determine control of Congress — and while President Donald Trump's name doesn't appear on the ballot, his presidency and his policies are on the line.
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Michigan Just Became The 10th State To Legalize Weed In The US
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Michigan goes green
Discussion: Vox
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Ted Cruz wins reelection over Beto O'Rourke  —  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz locked in a second term Tuesday by defeating Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, seeing off Democrats' most aggressive attempt in decades to win a statewide office in Texas.  —  Cruz had 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent …
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke wins on Election Day...even if he loses his race, Reuters says
Discussion: Daily Wire
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema vs. McSally … For Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally, Tuesday night was supposed to mark the end of a hard-fought battle that tested vastly different visions for the nation.  —  But as Election Day came to an end, the race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat ended exactly how it has played …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and USA Today
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Schiff: Democratic House will tackle the oversight that GOP ‘abdicated’  —  California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff vowed Tuesday to ensure that the House Intelligence Committee reclaims its duty to conduct oversight of the Trump administration — a job he said the GOP “completely abdicated.”
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle  —  Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate means gridlock.  That's a good thing, but it is only a temporary solution.  —  CONNECT  —  Well, it wasn't the huge Blue Wave we were promised …
Washington Post:
Trump readies for 2020 campaign with no plans to change his approach  —  President Trump plans to quickly focus on his reelection campaign following Tuesday's midterm elections, believing his brand of divisive and confrontational politics will mobilize his supporters and carry him to a second term.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump to assess midterm results in late morning news conference
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
House GOP fight begins: Jordan challenges McCarthy  —  Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hours after Democrats regained control of the lower chamber.  —  “I plan to run for minority leader …
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida U.S. Senate race could be heading for recount  —  Florida Gov. Rick Scott takes to the stage as he stands with his wife, Ann Scott, (L) and daughter Alison Guimard (R) during his election night party at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort on November 06, 2018 in Naples.  (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel
Axios:
Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart  —  The midterms produced a divided Congress that's emblematic of a split America, drifting further apart and pointing to poisonous years ahead.  —  The net result: Two parties with two wildly different bases and philosophies are pulling farther and farther apart …
Erin Golden / Star Tribune:
Ilhan Omar again makes history, becoming 1st Somali-American elected to U.S. House  —  Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib will become the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.  —  Video (01:44) : State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the race …
Discussion: Power Line
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Kansas City Star:
Sharice Davids makes history: Kansas' 1st gay rep, 1st Native American woman in Congress  —  Kansas voters made history Tuesday night when they selected Sharice Davids to be their next congresswoman.  —  Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress …
Justin Wingerter / Daily Oklahoman:
Kendra Horn upsets Steve Russell in an Oklahoma City stunner  —  For a complete list of all the statewide results, visit our ELECTION RESULTS page.  —  In a political upset for the history books, Kendra Horn has broken a 44-year Republican hold on Oklahoma's 5th congressional district …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Three red states vote to expand Medicaid during an election where health care was the top issue  — Three red states were projected to approve measures to expand Medicaid on Tuesday, according to NBC News.  — Utah, Nebraska and Idaho were set to pass propositions to broaden the federal and state health insurance program.
Discussion: Vox and No More Mister Nice Blog
 
 
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With the midterms over, Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Hours after conceding to Chris Collins, Nate McMurray calls for recount
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Exit polls: Majority of voters say Russia investigation ‘politically motivated’
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
Fox News goes out on a limb on House Democrats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Ringer
Eddy Wax / Politico:
Labour will vote down any ‘blind Brexit’ deal, Starmer warns
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Steve King survives to win reelection in Iowa
New York Times:
Georgia's Sixth House District Election Results: Lucy McBath vs. Karen Handel
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rachel Swan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 6: Californians reject gas tax repeal measure
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Amy Harder / Axios:
Carlos Curbelo, Republican leader on climate, loses tight Florida race
Discussion: Breitbart
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach
NPR:
Election Night 2018 Live
Discussion: The Week and IJR
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kim Davis, clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, loses to Democrat
Washington Post:
Ryan Zinke's house guest impersonated the secretary Monday night.  Then he called Park Police on the neighbors.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘It disturbs me to my core’: Fox News staffers express outrage over Hannity's rally appearance