Across the country, you can debate how good of a night it was for the GOP who controlled their most governorships and legislatures since the 1920s. Midterm elections are almost always bad for the party in the White House. Republicans lost the House, as expected, but gained more seats in the U.S. Senate than most were expecting. The larger majority is important as Democrats will again have a difficult time regaining the Senate based on the states that are up for election in 2020.
It was surprising four years ago when Republican Bruce Rauner was elected governor and few thought he had a chance of being re-elected. They were correct. Rauner got destroyed by JB Pritzker. Democrats already controlled both houses of the legislature, but in the House Speaker Mike Madigan regained a supermajority. The Democrats in the Illinois Senate already had and maintained their supermajority.
Two key Republicans were defeated in Congress: Randy Hultgren who serves on the Ways & Means and Financial Services Committees and Pete Roskam who also serves on the Ways & Means Committee
The biggest news out of Indiana was incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly lost to Republican Mike Braun. This race was close throughout and Braun ended up winning comfortably.
Republicans swept the statewide races and maintained supermajorities in the legislature. Their Congressional Delegation remains the same at 7 GOP 2 DEM.
Republican Governor Kim Reynolds won a full term after taking office when President Trump nominated former Governor Terry Branstad to be the U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds is the first woman to be elected Governor of Iowa.
Republicans lost 5 seats in the Iowa House and gained 3 in the Iowa Senate to maintain control.
On the Congressional front, Republicans now only control 1 of the 4 U.S. House seats after Dems picked off two Republicans.
Like Wisconsin, Democrats in Michigan swept all the statewide offices including the U.S. Senate race. The state legislature remains in GOP control albeit with a smaller majority. Two U.S. House seats held by Republicans, including friend of banking Congressman Mike Bishop, flipped to the Democrats.
The Democrats continued their streak of statewide control winning Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor. Also a weird quirk due to Al Franken resigning Minnesotans got to vote for both of their U.S. Senate seats, and both went to the Democrats.
On the Congressional front, two seats flipped from GOP to Dem, one from Dem to GOP, and another is still too close to call but could flip from Dem to GOP. As it stands they will have 5 DEM 2 GOP 1 undecided.
The Minnesota State Senate has the GOP barely holding on to control by 1 vote, while the Minnesota House swung drastically from a 77-57 GOP majority to a 75-59 Democrat majority.
In a huge win for banking, former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) went home to run for Governor and lost to Attorney General Mike DeWine (R).
Senate Banking Committee member Sherrod Brown (D) easily won re-election. All Congressional races stayed with the current party and the GOP holds a 12-4 advantage.
In the Ohio House, Dems picked up 4 seats but the Republicans still hold a supermajority. The GOP picked up another seat in the State Senate expanding their majority to 25-8.