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Making sense of the midterms

It could have been worse… Democratic Governors Association executive director Nathan Daschle pens this memo: “[D]espite a historically unfavorable environment and being outspent 2-to-1 by the RGA, the DGA successfully flipped five governorships from Republican to Democratic and kept the GOP’s net gain well below the historic average. When the final results are tallied – with Mark Dayton projected to win Minnesota – the RGA will have a net gain of five governorships.”

“In fact, at the end of the day, in the 22 races in which both committees spent heavily (more than $500K), the DGA won 11 races, the RGA won 10, and an independent won one.”

The AP summed up the Democratic and Republican parties’ post-midterm outlooks, as articulated on yesterday’s Sunday shows: “Republicans said they were willing to work with President Barack Obama but also signaled it would be only on their terms. With control of the White House and the Senate, Democrats showed no sign they were conceding the final two years of Obama's term to Republican lawmakers who claimed the majority in the House.”


“A look at the electoral map shows that, outside selected parts of the Southwest, few Republican candidates this year paid a price for adopting a hard-line immigration stance,” the L.A. Times writes.

CALIFORNIA: “While the rest of the nation went red in Tuesday's midterm elections, California emerged even bluer. What's going on?” the San Francisco Chronicle asks. “The state's rising numbers of new voters - newly minted immigrant voters, minorities and voters between the ages of 18 and 29 - are overwhelmingly Democratic in their preferences.”

MISSOURI: “In 2006, Missouri was the very picture of a "purple" state, with an electoral map that had dense pockets of blue Democrat voters among swaths of red Republicans,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. “Four years later, the state has a whole new color scheme. Judging by Tuesday's U.S. Senate election — which saw Republican U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt overpower Democrat Robin Carnahan — the new political landscape in Missouri overwhelmingly favors the GOP.” (hat tip: Ben Smith)

NEW YORK: The New York Times profiles Andrew Cuomo: “Mr. Cuomo’s record as a manager, though, shows that not everyone can thrive under his style: forceful, focused, insistent on results, and disinclined to entertain dissent. That style, of course, has implications for more than the members of his emerging administration. Mr. Cuomo may think little of Albany’s power players, but he will still have to work with them. Mr. Cuomo, for sure, has attracted a loyal circle of advisers who have remained with him for decades. They feel exhilarated by his intensity. But he has also alienated subordinates, who call his demands unrealistic, his approach overbearing and his intolerance for disagreement dispiriting.”