Facing tremendous headwinds and weighty history, Democrats fought Republicans to a stunning midterm draw.
Analysis: A stunning draw: Democrats hold their midterm own
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing tremendous headwinds and weighty history, Democrats fought Republicans to a stunning midterm draw.
Many Democrats went into election night dreading how bad their losses could be and pondering how to explain them. By Wednesday, they had quickly shifted into day-after hoping that they could actually maintain a voting majority in the Senate, celebrating victories in key governors’ races, and aware that control of the House was still not declared.
Republicans were left grumbling about “candidate quality.” Several candidates refused to concede in races that The Associated Press had called for their opponents.
The final numbers might not be known for weeks. There’s still a chance Republicans could take unified control of Congress, and President Joe Biden’s ambitions for the next two years would instantly shrink. The nation’s fractious political divides remained on vivid display.