Nov 14, 2018 - Politics & Policy

"Election night" enters Week 2

Eight days after election night, Democrats are still holding out hope they can flip several seats from the House, Senate and gubernatorial races with margins of tenths of a percentage point between the winners and the losers.

Why it matters: Contrary to what President Trump said would be a measly House majority for the Democrats, they have 32 gained seats in the House, nine more than needed. And Republicans didn't pick up as many Senate seats as leaders had hoped.

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

What to watch: Nine House seats, two governorships and one Senate seat are still up for grabs. Once all the votes are counted, which could take weeks in some cases as absentees and provisional ballots are tallied, the Democrats could flip close to 40 House seats, per the AP.

  • In Florida, both the Senate and governor’s races will be recounted, with a focus in Broward County, where Republicans — including President Trump and Gov. Rick Scott — have accused Democrats of committing voter fraud without evidence. The recount has a Thursday deadline and the final tally will revert back to what was initially reported if missed.
  • In Georgia’s governor race, Democrat Stacey Abrams is holding out hope for a recount or even a runoff.
  • Democratic former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will face off in a Senate special election runoff in Mississippi on Nov. 27.

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