Well it’s been quite a night — some triumphant, some really sad. There are no longer any African Americans in the Senate. Some respected leaders like Russ Feingold (D-WI) were defeated, as were potential stars like Joe Sestak (D-PA). Jerry Brown returns to the California state house after 30 years. John Boehner (R-OH) will probably be speaker and we’ll have to listen to his high school principal/football coach-ish scoldings for at least two years. Harry Reid went and won!
The Republicans have taken more House seats from Democrats than in any election since 1948; Meg Whitman spent more money ($163 M) than the entire budget of the National Endowment for the Arts ($161.4M) and still lost. Thanks to a tweet by @Pres_Bartlet (Yes, that President Bartlett) for that fact.
We’ve covered the races all night; you can follow along as the calls came in, read about the referenda and get some analysis from a panel of Emily’s List experts. As I write this, Colorado Senate is still out – with a major vote count error to add to the drama. So are Washington State and Alaska (with the appearance of a big lead by write-in Lisa Murkowski) and a few governorships. But we’re keeping track, and we’ve tagged all our posts so you can find them – right here.
Take a look around and you’ll be caught up. It would also be great to get some conversations going in the comments. The next few years are going to be rough and we might as well start thinking it through now.
by Peaco Todd