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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:51 PM

Milbank: Voter pushback on politics of Trump only beginning

On Tuesday night, America stepped back from the abyss.

It was not, perhaps, the overwhelming repudiation of President Trump’s vulgar, divisive, race-baiting and sometimes lawless tenure that Democrats had hoped for. But it was, at least, a correction, and a rebuke of the Trump presidency.

Democrats recaptured the House, a monumental achievement in itself, given that they typically need to win the popular vote by about 7 percentage points to overcome the disadvantages of gerrymandering and the like. Republicans were routed in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York and elsewhere, while prominent GOP figures such as Reps. Pete Sessions of Texas, Pete Roskam or Illinois and Dave Brat of Virginia went down. Republicans who held on generally won by less than Trump did two years ago.

Though Democrats fell short in the Florida and Georgia gubernatorial races, they were set to flip five others — Democrat Laura Kelly triumphed in deep-red Kansas — and came closer to parity with Republicans nationally. Democrats were poised to take state legislative bodies in New York, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Colorado and to gain seats in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina.


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