The midterms "laid bare the growing chasm between urban and rural America," the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns write in "A Political Realignment Without a Clear Winner":

  • That leaves "Republicans deeply concerned about their declining fortunes in the metropolitan areas that extinguished their House majority."

  • And Democrats are "just as alarmed about their own struggles to win over voters in states that strengthened the G.O.P.’s grip on the Senate."

Why it matters: "Democrats took control of the House not merely by making gains in coastal states that supported Hillary Clinton, but also by penetrating deeply into suburban corners of traditionally conservative states in the South and across the Plains, like Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma."

  • "The House results made clear that the Trump-induced difficulties Republicans are suffering with once-reliable voters are hardly limited to blue states and could make it substantially harder for the president to remake his upscale-downscale coalition in 2020."

N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, one of three red-state Senate Democrats swept out of office (along with Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota), when rural counties she relied on 12 years ago largely broke for her Republican rival, Josh Hawley:

  • "The further you get from metropolitan areas, the more powerful Donald Trump is and the more allegiance there is to whatever he says and does."


The House: Women, who ran for office in record numbers this year, helped the Democrats gain at least 26 seats.

Election firsts: There will be at least 100 women in the House next year. Here are some others who made history on Tuesday.

Governors: Democrats wrested control of six states, including Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker was defeated, and Kansas, where Laura Kelly beat Kris Kobach.

Too close to call: Several races, including the one for Georgia governor, have yet to be decided.

Ballot initiatives: Florida restored voting rights to 1.5 million felons who have completed their sentences, one of dozens of referendums across the country.