Split Decision

Republicans keep the Senate, Democrats take the House

Win Senate Lose House 2018
November 6, 2018

With most of the 2018 midterm election results in, Republicans are poised to keep the Senate and Democrats will take the House of Representatives.

Republicans performed strongly against Democratic Senate incumbents running in red states, unseating Sen. Joe Donnelly Indiana, Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. Republicans also managed to hold onto its seat in Texas, where Democrat Robert Francis O'Rourke raised nearly $40 million in his effort to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, and Democrat Phil Bredesen failed to defeat Republican Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee.

Democratic incumbents did manage to hold on, however, in Wisconsin and West Virginia, with senators Tammy Baldwin and Joe Manchin coming out victorious in states Republicans won in 2016.

While Republicans failed to keep the House, they did have some good outcomes in crucial races. Republican Denver Riggleman beat Leslie Cockburn in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District. Brian Mast also pulled out a crucial win over Democrat Lauren Baer. Rep. Andy Barr won reelection against Amy McGrath in Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District.

Republicans held on to several governor seats. Larry Hogan won reelection in Maryland, the first Republican to win reelection in that state in more than 50 years. Republican Bill Lee of Tennessee beat Karl Dean in Tennessee. Rep. Ron DeSantis beat out Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor race.

Republican Mike DeWine pulled out a win over Democrat Richard Cordray, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head during the Obama administration, in Ohio's governor race

Democrats took the governorship in Kansas, with Laura Kelly beating Republican Kris Kobach.

Published under: 2018 Election