An election of bragging rights — and disappointment — for both parties

Democrats seized control of the House on Tuesday, a major setback for President Donald Trump and the conservative, anti-immigration agenda he brought to Washington two years ago.

But Republican victories in the Senate and across the South stanched Democrats’ broader gains, exposing limitations of the Democratic Party’s reach on the cusp of the 2020 presidential campaign. While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) heralded the result as ushering in a “new day in America,” persistent schisms in the American electorate remained largely unchanged.

In an election marked by startlingly high early turnout and long lines on Election Day, Democrats made new inroads into America’s suburbs — gaining governorships in Kansas, Illinois, Michigan and New Mexico in addition to the House majority.

But in a bitter disappointment, Democrats fell short in swing-state gubernatorial contests in Ohio and Florida. They lost battleground Senate races in Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota, with other losses possible if not likely.

The outcome deflated progressive activists who had desperately hoped for more.
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