With numbers still flowing in this evening, CNN’s Jake Tapper said that results so far do not indicate the “blue wave” many Democrats had hoped for and predicted.
“It’s entirely possible that the Democrats will regain control of the House today, but I have to say, when you look at what’s going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave,” he said. “This is not a wave that is knocking out all sorts of Republican incumbents.”
In particular Tapper pointed to the race in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District as an indicator of how the night is going. In that race, Republican Andy Barr successfully fended Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.
“It does look as though Republicans have been able to build something of a wall in certain parts of the country, especially in these states that President Trump won,” said Tapper, surveying broader swath of races across the country. “That said, Democrats still have a decent chance of winning back the House.”
CNN political commentator Van Jones called some of the losses as “heartbreaking.”
“This is not over. People need to stay out there and continue the fight,” he said.