A FiveThirtyEight Chat
Sarah Frostenson, politics editor: So we’re here today to talk about the midterm elections and the BLUE WAVE … or blue trickle? Which is it, team?
Nathaniel Rakich, elections analyst: It was, by any historical standard, a blue wave. Democrats look like they’re going to pick up around 38 House seats, which would be the third-biggest gain by any party in 40 years (after Republicans in 2010 and 1994). The Senate moved in the opposite direction, but not by much, and it was a very difficult map for Democrats anyway.