Votes are still being counted across the west as I write this at about 11:30 pm eastern time, but Democrats have already flipped enough seats to regain control of the House of Representatives.
At this point, the only question is how large their majority will be when the next session of Congress begins on January 20th, 2019.
There have been a few big disappointments tonight in Senate and statewide races, particularly in Florida where Andrew Gillum lost to airheaded buffoon Ron DeSantis, but congressional Democrats have done exactly what they needed to do to regain control of the House. Democrats have also flipped control of several state legislative bodies and governor's mansions.
There will be more upsets to savor by tomorrow morning but, as of right now, the GOP chairman of the House Rules Committee, Pete Sessions, has been defeated. The GOP chairman of the House Ways and Means Tax Subcommittee, Pete Roskam, who was primarily responsible for writing the GOP's tax cut bill, has also been defeated. David Brat, the Tea Party congressmen who replaced former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor also lost tonight.
Crucially, regaining control of the House of Representatives means regaining control of oversight. Republicans have refused to conduct any oversight of the Trump regime at all and Democrats will have a comfortable majority to do so.
I was keeping track of every single Democratic flip over here, but honestly I've lost steam and it's nearly midnight now. It's been a really, really long day.
We can discuss this more in the coming days and weeks.
The NYT currently projects a national popular-vote margin of D+9.2%. The largest popular margin since 2008, larger than waves of 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014.
By historical standards, this a popular wave. pic.twitter.com/4hw71hieVN
— Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) November 7, 2018