Election 2018

Democrats Regain Control of the House of Representatives

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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.


  • muselet

    Wow.

    This and this are sure signs Donald Trump is a stable genius.

    Last night’s results must have stung.

    –alopecia

  • gescove

    The R talking heads were immediately out in force minimizing the wins, bloviating that now its so important for the Ds to work with the Rs, and for the Ds to temper their over-eager investigations agenda. You know what? Eff you Rs.

    • katanahamon

      Gee, weren’t there like fourteen Benghazi investigations, and not to go old school, but, how long did they investigate Bill Clinton before turning up something unrelated at all to the investigation?

  • fry1laurie

    Millions of more votes in Senate races than GOP=three lost seats. Turns out the founders weren’t perfect after all.

    • Yeah, the system really needs to change (dump the electoral college as well) but it won’t happen as long as Republicanism is a thing. It benefits them too much and they’re too power-hungry to ever agree to anything that dilutes their power. That includes making Puerto Rico and DC states.