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Cameron Joseph is Talking Points Memo's senior political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covers Capitol Hill, the White House and the permanent campaign. Previous publications include the New York Daily News, Mashable, The Hill and National Journal. He grew up near Chicago and is an irrationally passionate Cubs fan.
Matt Whitaker, the newly minted acting Attorney General, has been friends with former Trump adviser Sam Clovis since they both ran for the Senate in 2014, losing to now-Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) in the primary.
Just call Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) senator landslide.
Tester appears to have ground out a third win in a row with less than 50 percent of the vote, leading Montana state Auditor Matt Rosendale (R) 49 percent to 48 percent with 91 percent of precincts reporting.
By most objective measures, Democrats had a good night in the 2018 midterms. They flipped the House, winning a number of GOP-leaning seats to return to the majority for the first time in eight years and winning the popular vote by about a seven-point margin. They also flipped seven governors’ mansions, including some in red states.
The 2018 midterm results revealed that the deep polarization tearing at the nation has only deepened since President Trump’s 2016 victory. But Democrats’ biggest statewide wins came in exactly the places that put him over the top and handed him the White House.
The 2018 midterm elections reaffirmed the deep polarization inflicting America rather than producing a clear wave, with Democrats sweeping to a House majority by pulverizing suburban Republicans as the GOP trounced a number of red-state Democratic incumbents to tighten their hold on the Senate.
Democratic Wisconsin state schools superintendent Tony Evers has ground out a narrow win over Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, denying the once-powerful governor a third term helming the major swing state.
Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) luck has finally run out.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) has defeated the two-term senator, ending her four-decade political career and flipping another key Senate seat to his party after an expensive and arduous campaign.