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Democrats defy ‘strong historical forces,’ but why was that surprising? Here are the key takeaways from election day

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Surprise, surprise.

Amid endless talk of a “red” Republican wave months ahead of the 2022 midterm election, Democrats have not only closed the enthusiasm gap but appear poised to stave off a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate following a surprise performance by now U.S. Sen.-elect John Fetterman, a Democrat, in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania. 

It’s still early days, but voters across the country woke up Wednesday morning to a radically different political outlook than the one foretold in the press. Fetterman’s flip, combined with a somewhat promising runoff in Georgia and confidence in Arizona has tightened the race for control of the U.S. Senate, challenging long-running trends that the party-in-power sees sometimes tremendous concessions during the midterms. 

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