The New Landscape

White House photo/<a href="h">Pete Souza</a> (<a href="">Government Work</a>).

Early on, there were signs it was going to be a rough night for Democrats. Members of the House who had been expected to survive, like Virginia’s Rick Boucher, lost early. So did more vulnerable Reps. like Florida’s Alan Grayson, Virginia’s Tom Perriello, and Indiana’s Baron Hill. By 11 p.m., when Sen. Russ Feingold went down in Wisconsin, the Senate was looking pretty bleak, too. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania and Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois, who had both held early leads, were declared losers around midnight. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland also lost around the same time. Gubernatorial races in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania weren’t nearly as close—and those defeats, combined with Dem losses in state legislative races, will give the GOP full control over congressional redistricting in most of the battleground Great Lakes states. 

There were some bright spots for Dems—Harry Reid won in Nevada, as did Barbara Boxer in California. But the real questions for Wednesday are for President Barack Obama. What will he do now? How will he respond to the Dems’ defeat? David Corn has more on that here: Obama’s Next Act.


We recently wrapped up the crowdfunding campaign for our ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project, and it was a smashing success. About 10,364 readers pitched in with donations averaging $45, and together they contributed about $467,374 toward our $500,000 goal.

That's amazing. We still have donations from letters we sent in the mail coming back to us, so we're on pace to hit—if not exceed—that goal. Thank you so much. We'll keep you posted here as the project ramps up, and you can join the hundreds of readers who have alerted us to corruption to dig into.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.


Share your feedback: We’re planning to launch a new version of the comments section. Help us test it.