Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday morning congratulated Democrats on their new House majority and said the divided Congress now matched the “divided nation.”

“Tonight history has repeated itself. A party in power always faces tough odds in its first midterm election. It is always hard to see friends and good colleagues work so hard and fall short. Yet I’m proud of the campaign that our members and candidates ran in a challenging political environment. I congratulate Democrats on a new House majority and Senate Republicans for maintaining theirs. We don’t need an election to know that we are a divided nation, and now we have a divided Washington. As a country and a government we must find a way to come together to find common ground and build on the successes of this Congress. It has been an incredible honor to lead the House over the past three years. We have made an enduring contribution to the strength and prosperity of this country, and for that I will always remain proud.”

Dennis Hof, a brothel owner and reality TV star, declared himself a Trump-style Republican in late 2016 and then announced a run for the Nevada State Assembly. He won the Republican primary in June and then died in October after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday.

Nonetheless, this Wednesday morning, he appears poised to posthumously win the election for state assembly. What happens now, according to the Reno Gazette Journal, is “a competitive, and convoluted, tri-county process to appoint a living Republican to the seat.” At the time of Hof’s death, he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement early Wednesday that President Donald Trump had called a series of GOP allies to congratulate them on their gubernatorial, House and Senate wins. He also called Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), she said. Read her statement below:

“Tonight, President Trump called Leader Mitch McConnell to congratulate him on the historic senate gains. He also spoke with Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The President called to congratulate Rick Scott, Mike DeWine, Kevin Cramer, Josh Hawley, Brian Kemp, and Ron DeSantis. Lastly, the President talked to Sen. Chuck Schumer. He and the Vice President will continue to make calls tonight and tomorrow.”