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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

Democrats were hopeful that a “blue
,” 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

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

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

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
. “This is not a wave that is knocking out all sorts of
Republican incumbents.”

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


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