It’s 2AM and I’m Going to Bed. Here’s What Happened So Far

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


Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman8 years ago


Marilyn L.
Marilyn L8 years ago

noted and thanks

Jeffrey W.
Jeffrey W8 years ago

Obama's conference was an appalling display of self-pity. He simply doesn't get it that his policies were soundly rejected by the majority of Americans yesterday.

Despite his cluelessness, his agenda is dead. For the remainder of his term, he has no chance of passing any progressive legislation. We voted to restrain his reckless spending and agenda.

lyn L.
l L8 years ago

I;m watching the president's address. He is still kind and gracious and so ver y understanding. Some nbc reeporters asking him to be declarative and repentive and admit it is all is fault and his agenda is all worng and the american people have spoken. The only truth to that is-- corporate america has spoken. For as gentle and graciou this as been it has gotten him nowhere with the bullies, bigots anblatant dishonest. they are after his throat and it is painful. He is suffering what it is like to be black and in power when he is very much white. They don't care, they are after the presidency, by any means necessary. Today's news attack paves wave for tomorrow's new launch on who is running for president on the republican side. And more attacks on the president. President says we are all americans; well some of are not cause what I have seen these last 22 months was very unamerican to me. just think the pa governor says he is going to get the jersey gvernor to help him run pa, well do. the plot thickens and the evil christie gets to run 2 states into the hole further.

Beverly L.
Beverly L8 years ago

Not happy about the Republicans getting more seats, but thrilled California won't have to endure the likes of Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina!

Deborah Litster
Deborah Litster8 years ago