it is clear after Tuesday's election that the predicted "blue wave" in the 2018 midterms turned out to be more of a Democratic swell.
Democrats did gain a clear majority in the House and flipped some governorships (although fewer than they had hoped), but Republicans added more seats than expected in the Senate and scored victories in nearly all of the most high-profile races.
Both sides are claiming the results as a victory.
Here is a look at the winners and losers from Tuesday:
Loser: Liberal Democrats Before Tuesday, liberal-leaning commentators gushed about three Democratic candidates who appeared to be winning over voters in Southern states with unapologetically liberal platforms: Beto O'Rourke in the Texas Senate race, Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor race and Stacey Abrams in the Georgia governor race.
Their campaigns became the focus of national media attention heading into the election and Democrats poured money into the races. Many said those three candidates could represent a new forward for liberals in Republican territory.
Abrams, Gillum and O'Rourke performed well and made their races tight, but all three appear to have been defeated.
On the other hand, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, won in deeply blue New York to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at age 29.
Winner: Sen. Mitch McConnell Heading into Election Day, most pollsters and pundits predicted that Republicans would retain control of the Senate, but few thought they would add more than one, maybe two seats. Some said a true Democratic wave could even sweep away a couple of GOP incumbents to hand Democrats a majority.
But the Republicans did much more than hold onto the Senate, they flipped at least three Senate seats, defeating Democr..