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10:45 AM ET, November 7, 2018

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Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
If the midterms were a test of the country's character, Americans failed  —  Sarah Kendzior is the author of The View From Flyover Country and the co-host of the podcast Gaslit Nation.  —  On Monday, former president Barack Obama tweeted: “Tomorrow's elections might be the most important in our lifetimes …
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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: Politico, Washington Post and Axios
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
How to argue about whether these midterms were a ‘blue wave’  —  Democrats flipped the House.  Republicans knocked off several Senate Democratic incumbents, increasing their majority there.  Already both sides are claiming victory.  —  Democrats are on pace to pick up more than 30 House seats across …
Washington Examiner:
‘Blue wave’ turns out to be ordinary election, rather than an extraordinary rebuke to Trump
Discussion: Axios and CNN
Axios:   Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:   Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle
CNN:
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”
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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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections  —  The story line coming out of Tuesday's midterm elections will be: The two Americas drift further apart.  Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by cleaning out Democrats in states that voted for Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:   Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
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 …
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Carol Anderson / The Atlantic:
Brian Kemp's Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk  —  The Democrat Stacey Abrams, a black woman, made a valiant effort to win the governor's race in Georgia, one of the original 13 states, whose commitment to human bondage ensured that the U.S. Constitution would treat slavery with kid gloves.
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.
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: Washington Post, The Week and CNBC
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Henry Brean / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Dennis Hof, deceased brothel owner, wins Nevada Assembly race
Discussion: Hit & Run and Los Angeles Times
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Steve Sisolak becomes Nevada's first Democratic governor in decades
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheBlaze
TMZ.com:
Dennis Hof Wins Election For Nevada State Assembly Seat Weeks After Death
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller has powerful new House allies as he bears down on Trump  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to emerge from his midterm campaign hibernation period with a powerful new ally as House Democrats surged back to the majority in Tuesday's elections.  —  The lead Russia investigator …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
With the midterms over, Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Schiff: Democratic House will tackle the oversight that GOP ‘abdicated’
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Tony Evers denies Scott Walker a third term as Wisconsin's governor  —  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.
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Democrat Tony Evers ousts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Merica / CNN:
Scott Walker loses bid for third term in Wisconsin
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
Democrats Oust Walker in Wisconsin and Kobach in Kansas but Fall Short in Florida and Ohio
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump and Putin to Meet Briefly in Paris This Weekend
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
Midterm Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and ABC News
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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Mimi Swartz / New York Times:
The Success in Beto's Failure
Discussion: Althouse
Rex Santus / VICE News US:
Beto O'Rourke's $69 million couldn't defeat Ted Cruz
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
How to explain to someone living abroad that Democrats can have over 10 million more Senate votes and still lose  —  BERLIN — As Europeans woke up to the results of the 2018 midterm elections on Wednesday, their primary question — what next for a president who is so deeply unpopular here? — remained largely unanswered.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Senate is so rigged that Democrats may never control it ever again
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Vox
Washington Post:
Midterm elections: Democrats flip House as GOP expands Senate majority
NBC News:
Out of many, several trailblazing ‘firsts’ elected across country  —  The first Muslim women and Native Americans, among others, will be headed to Congress.  —  WASHINGTON — The first two Native American and Muslim congresswomen are headed to the U.S. House, and Massachusetts is getting …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
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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
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
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Midterm elections 2018: Democrats take House, Trump claims ‘big win,’ but many races too close to call  —  President Donald Trump was up and tweeting on the morning after midterm elections that gave Democrats control of the House, strengthened Republicans' hold on the Senate and flipped from governorships to the Democratic side.
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Exit polls: Majority of voters say Russia investigation ‘politically motivated’
Discussion: Latino Rebels and CNN
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Michigan Just Became The 10th State To Legalize Weed In The US  —  Michigan voters puff, puff, passed a measure to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, joining a wave of other states to break away from federal prohibition amid a seemingly unstoppable surge of public support to let adults use, buy, and sell the drug in peace.
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Michigan goes green
Discussion: Vox
Politico:
Fox News goes out on a limb on House Democrats  —  On a night when the much loved — and hated — New York Times needle faltered and the vaunted FiveThirtyEight projections had to be reined in, another news organization was happily touting its new voter analysis system: Fox News.
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Keith Ellison defeats Doug Wardlow in Minnesota attorney general race  —  DFLers Steve Simon, Julie Blaha complete sweep of state offices  —  Video (01:32) : Keith Ellison won the Attorney General seat over Doug Wardlow  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will be Minnesota's next attorney general …
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Alyssa Milano Refuses to Speak at Next Women's March, Cites Anti-Semitism  —  Actress Alyssa Milano said in a recent interview that she does not intend to support the Women's March so long as it defends “bigotry or anti-Semitism.”  —  In an interview with The Advocate, a gay community magazine …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Rachel Swan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 6: Californians reject gas tax repeal measure
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump tells confidants Ryan is to blame for Republican election setbacks
WXYZ-TV:
Rep. Mike Bishop concedes race to Democrat Elissa Slotkin in MI's 8th Congressional district
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kim Davis, clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, loses to Democrat