Updated Nov 7, 2018

Axios 8 midterm election results

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

We selected the Axios 8 to include not just high-profile races, but ones that would only be competitive if the blue wave is massive. The winners are listed in bold. Two races haven't been called. Expand this story to see the returns.

  1. Texas Senate: Ted Cruz (R) vs. Beto O'Rourke (D)
  2. Ohio governor: Richard Cordray (D) vs. Mike DeWine (R)
  3. West Virginia's 3rd district: Richard Ojeda (D) vs. Carol Miller (R)
  4. California's 45th district: Mimi Walters (R) vs. Katie Porter (D)
  5. Minnesota's 8th district: Joe Radinovich (D) vs. Pete Stauber (R)
  6. Texas' 23rd district: Will Hurd (R) vs. Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
  7. Florida's 26th district: Carlos Curbelo (R) vs. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)
  8. Iowa's 3rd district: David Young (R) vs. Cindy Axne (D)
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Why it matters: It's the race everyone was watching to see whether Republicans' lock on Texas might be ending. It isn't.

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Why it matters: If Cordray had won, Democrats would have been more likely to win other closely contested Midwest governors' races, too.

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Why it matters: Trump won the district by 30 points, but Ojeda got a lot of national attention in the race for this open seat. It wasn't enough to put him over the top.

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Why it matters: The Democrats' win in this Orange County district — made official more than a week after the election — was another sign that the "blue wave" was stronger than it appeared on election night.

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Why it matters: It had been considered one of the Democrats' most at-risk seats this cycle after incumbent Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan announced his retirement.

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Why it matters: Hurd, the incumbent, distanced himself from Trump and had been considered vulnerable. It took nearly two weeks after election night before Jones conceded.

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Why it matters: It was a test of whether a moderate Republican in the Trump era can hold on to a largely Hispanic district. Curbelo couldn't do it.

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Election results via the Associated Press; Graphic: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: Axne's victory foreshadowed another Democratic pickup Tuesday night: the defeat of Republican Rep. Rod Blum in another closely contested race in Iowa's 1st district. He lost to Democrat Abby Finkenauer.

Go deeper: The Axios 8: How to tell the strength of the blue wave

Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that Hurd won the Texas 23rd district race.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

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President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.