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The Purple Puddle: Republicans keep Senate while Democrats flip House of Representatives in midterms

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Neither the “Blue Wave” nor the “Red ” became a reality as the US midterm results filed in. Instead, Washington faced a “Purple Puddle” as the Republicans kept and increased their majority in the Senate while the flipped the House of Representatives.

The Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives by winning in suburban districts, easily defeating the Republicans who could not counteract the flip despite gaining a few critical seats in competitive areas. Democrats , Maxine Waters and Elijah Cummings are poised to take leadership roles.

Although the Democrats won 28 seats in the House, they only gained less than half of what the Republicans gained in the 2010 midterm .

Three rising stars from the Democrat camp, Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams lost to their Republican counterparts in spite of immense media hype. O’Rourke, who lost in a tight race to GOP candidate Ted Cruz, dropped an ‘F’ in his concession speech.

He said on live TV: “Tonight’s loss does nothing to diminish the way I feel about Texas or this country. I’m so f**king proud of you guys.”

Interestingly, each and every incumbent Democrat senator in the Senate race who voted against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Justice lost to their Republican counterpart. This curious phenomenon has been dubbed the ‘Kavanaugh effect’ by the press.

While the midterms brought success to the Democrats – with the House of Representatives flip and the exceptionally tight race for Texas, a strong red-state – and weakened some of the for US , Trump remains optimistic.

He wrote on that the midterms were “such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!”

Responding to speculation that the Democrats will go after him now that they have regained the House, warned:

“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!”

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