The first impression of Tuesday’s midterm elections, which became a lasting one for many, was that it was a disappointing night for Democrats, despite seizing control of the House of Representatives by picking upwhat’s forecast to be 37 seats, the best midterm election for House Democrats since 1974.
Democrats also won seven governorships from Republicans and took back over 300 seats in state legislatures that they had lost over the past decade.
But some Democrats saw Tuesday night as the beginning of a long-term venture.
“People are looking too much at what got flipped and not at long-term directional trends,” said Jessica Alter, co-founder of Tech for Campaigns, a nonprofit that connects tech and campaign experts with candidates — most of them at the state legislature level — to help them modernize their efforts.
In terms of reducing the GOP advantage in states where Republicans have what is commonly known as “trifectas” — control of the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature — Democrats had some success, but not as much as they might have liked.
Republicans, if Brian Kemp holds on to his lead in Georgia, will still have almost completely unchecked power over the legislative process in 23 states, though Democrats will have reduced that number from 26 before the election and upped their own number of trifectas from eight to 14.