There was a Blue Wave after all
There certainly was no Blue Wave in the Senate, and only a modest one in the House.
But on the state level there was a tidal shift.
Democrats made strides in a number of statehouses. They seized control of seven legislative chambers, flipping the State Senates in Colorado, Maine, and New York; the House in Minnesota; and both chambers in New Hampshire. Connecticut’s Senate, previously evenly split, is now held by Democrats. They broke Republican supermajorities in Michigan and Pennsylvania’s Senates and both chambers in North Carolina.
Democrats also flipped seven governorships on Tuesday. They now completely control all three statehouse branches in 13 states and Washington, D.C., compared to the seven statehouses where they held trifecta control before Election Day.
As of yesterday, the DLCC reported that 350 seats had flipped (as opposed to the 900+ they lost under Obama).
Essentially what we've seen is a reversal of the 2014 election.
It's still not nearly as big as the 2010 election, but it's big.
In related news, the Oklahoma teachers made some more gains in the election, but not enough.
The Oklahoma Education Association said that 16 members of its education caucus -- current or former educators, administrators and support staff -- were elected to the state House and Senate. Nine are Republicans and seven are Democrats.
The list includes a physical education teacher, a retired school counselor, a junior high principal and an elementary school music teacher.
The winners were among 65 Oklahoma educators who ran for office on Tuesday, according to the teachers union.
Six other educators were elected during the primary, runoff or by acclamation.
Tuesday's vote grew the education caucus in the Legislature from nine to 25 members.
This comes after the Oklahoma teachers defeated 15 of the 19 legislators who voted against the teacher pay bill in the state House in the primaries.