The Democrats gained a majority in the House of Representatives while Republicans expanded their lead in the Senate during the midterm elections on Nov. 6.
These elections had the highest ever number of votes cast in a US midterm election, with more than 113 million people voting. This represents a 36 percent increase from the 83 million votes cast in 2014.
The Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats in the House and three seats in the Senate to regain a majority. Although the Democrats gained a majority in the House, the Republicans successfully won in several key Senate and gubernatorial races, leading most political analysts to conclude that the so-called “blue wave” did not materialize to the extent that the Democrats were hoping for.
Incumbent Dianne Feinstein, who has been one of California’s senators since 1992, once again won the race for senator in the 2018 midterms. She defeated Democratic opponent Kevin de Leon with less than a 1 million vote margin, taking 54.3 percent of the votes. With her win, Feinstein will most likely retain her position as the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, a role she took advantage of during the hearings for justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
Meanwhile, in California’s gubernatorial election, Democrat and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom won against Republican John Cox with 61.9 percent of the vote. Democrat Eleni Kounalakis will take Newsom’s place as Lieutenant Governor.
This piece was originally published in the pages of The Winged Post on December 6, 2018.