After Midterm Election, The Challenges Facing Democrats And Republicans

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At a glance

  • The Cook Political Report estimated that Republicans got 52.3 percent of the vote for the House compared to 46.2 percent of the vote for Democrats.
  • That 6.1 percent margin was greater than the 2.5 percent generic Republican advantage from the average of the national polls just before the election.
  • Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich notes, as someone who has been involved in campaigns since 1958, this is a surprisingly confusing outcome.

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