Stories by Neal Rothschild

Following Trump's lead, Republicans avoid addressing climate change

Adapted from Quorum; Note: Online includes Tweets and Facebook posts; Chart: Axios Visuals

Republican lawmakers in the Trump era are talking about climate change far less than they used to, while Democratic mentions have spiked to new highs, according to an analysis by public affairs software company Quorum.

The big picture: There's always been a divide between Republicans and Democrats on the issue, but this data — measured by the number of floor statements, press releases and social media posts that mentioned climate change — shows that the chasm is growing. And it's happening as new scientific reports and extreme weather events are drawing new attention to the issue.

Democrats flip another seat, turning all of Orange County blue

A map of the districts in southern California, where many turned blue in the 2018 election
Screenshot: Morning Joe/MSNBC

The House race for California's 39th district has been called for Democrat Gil Cisneros over Young Kim, who was vying to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress and Republicans' last hope to keep a seat in Orange County. It is the 39th House seat that Democrats flipped this year.

The big picture: Democrats dominated congressional races in the state this year, flipping six seats with four of them in traditionally red Orange County. The seat had been held by Republican Ed Royce for 13 terms.

The Trump-dominated districts that Democrats flipped

Nancy Pelosi after delivering remarks on election night
Nancy Pelosi after speaking in Washington, D.C. on election night. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty

As of 10:45am ET, Democrats are projected by FiveThirtyEight to pick up 34 House seats in the 2018 midterms. As of now they've flipped 28 — enough to seize control of the House.

By the numbers: Of those 28 House seats, 13 went for Clinton and 15 went for Trump. Of the Trump 14, he won 6 of them by more than 5 points. We profile them below.

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