The votes have been cast. Now comes the race to finish counting — and the potential legal fights to come.
The last-minute vote results sent a shockwave through the nation on Tuesday, with Democrats poised to gain seats in the House majority and Republicans poised to lose seats in the Senate.
The outcome was a win for an incumbent who may have been up against a stiff challenge since the Democrats’ takeover of the House in last fall’s midterm elections.
Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas easily won his high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Texas, defeating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The Democratic pickup in Congress will put a more conservative face on the party’s Senate push.
But while the House is a more level playing field, the map for the 2020 primaries remains very competitive. That includes for Senate primaries, as Republican presidential hopefuls compete to get to the general election in the states they need to flip if they plan to make their case to swing voters next year.
The final vote tally in the U.S. House of Representatives is in, and it’s safe to say that Democrats are now a much better positioned to take back the House in the 2018 elections. This is a major victory, however, and it’s not over.
The final votes in the 2018 elections were expected to come out this week, but they were delayed by a weekend court ruling allowing millions of voter applications to proceed.
When the final vote results came out Tuesday, it was obvious the Democrats were victorious. The results showed a tight race between the incumbent Rep. Beto O’Rourke in Texas and a Republican opponent, Ted Cruz. On Tuesday night, the results were officially counted, and it was hard to ignore the Democrats’ advantage.
While the race was tight, it wasn’t close. Both candidates were trailing. Cruz had just a 1.5% lead over O’Rourke, but it’s clear the Democrats came out on top. And Beto O’Rourke may have been up against a stronger challenger, as turnout was up by more than 3