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2018 midterm elections: pundits say Democrat blue wave not happening

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  • Democrats were hoping for a “blue wave” in the 2018 midterm
    elections with large pick-ups in the House.
  • Early results show that Democrats are not picking up stretch
    seats, and other House races remain competitive.
  • Pundits are starting to predict that the “blue wave” is not
    materializing.

Democrats were hopeful that a “blue
wave
,” an overwhelming win to take control of the House and
possibly the Senate, would wash over the US during
Tuesday’s midterm elections
.

But with
Democrats losing some stretch seats
, like Kentucky’s 6th
congressional district, and fighting to hold on in other toss-up
elections in Florida and elsewhere, pundits began to see signs
Tuesday night that the “blue wave” may not materialize.

James Carville, a Democratic strategist and former top campaign
aide to President Bill Clinton, said on MSNBC that the blue wave
was “dissipating.”

“Tonight, there was some hope that the Democrats would have
a wave election,” Carville said. “It’s not going to be a wave
election.”

But Carville was not without hope, saying it “could still
be a good election” for the party.

Democrats were pushing into what would typically be strong
Republican seats, counting on historical trends and voter
enthusiasm to help lead the party to a large electoral
victory.

Similarly, Bloomberg View columnist Al Hunt said that the
early results from the night “doesn’t look like a blue
wave.”

And CNN’s Jake Tapper downplayed the possibility of a big night
for Democrats during the network’s broadcast.

“When you look at what’s going on here tonight, this is not a
blue wave,” Tapper
said
. “This is not a wave that is knocking out all sorts of
Republican incumbents.”

At NBC News, Chuck Todd similarly said there was “not
a
blue wave” hitting the US on Tuesday.

 

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