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Old 11-08-2018, 09:31 AM
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The main reason the senate didn't feel the blue wave has to do with the fact that senators have 6 year terms. As a result, unlike the house, on any given election, 2/3 of the senate isn't up for change. Out of the starting gate, the Republicans had a 42 to 23 advantage before a single vote was cast with Democrats having to defend 26 seats vs only 9 from the Republicans, and many of those Dems are in Republican leaning states. With such an uneven map it was difficult for Dems to maintain the status quo (which would require them to win more than 2/3 of the senate elections) much less take the senate.

Fortunately for the Dems, the reverse is true for the next two cycles.

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