Americans headed to the polls today to vote in the first national election since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. There are 435 House races, 35 Senate races, and 36 gubernatorial contests across the country. Democrats need to win at least 23 seats to take back the House, and Republicans are hoping to maintain their majority—and maybe even take a few more seats—in the Senate.
Here’s what else you’ll want to keep in mind as results come in:
Rain Delay: Heavy rains fell across well-populated areas of the country as people turned out to vote. Lousy weather makes a difference in voting behavior, researchers find.
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The Democrats are facing an existential crisis
“On one side of the results is redemption, or at least the beginning of it. On the other is the wrenching fear that maybe the Democrats were never right, maybe the country doesn’t believe in any of the things they assumed it had to.”→ Read on.
Kansas is an overlooked battleground for House seats
“The state hasn’t voted Democratic for president or elected a Democrat to the Senate since the New Deal, and Republicans have easily held their four House seats for the past eight years. But Republicans find themselves on their heels here this year.”→ Read on.