How the Media Is Covering Election Week

From The Poynter Report with Tom Jones:

As expected, Election Day is turning into Election Week — and beyond. Votes are still to be counted in several key races that ultimately will determine which party controls the House and Senate.

But we know enough already to pick some winners and losers from Tuesday night.

Among the winners: President Joe Biden, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Democrats, which far exceeded the gloomy predictions and expectations from most analysts heading into this week.

Among the losers: Former President Donald Trump, who saw many of his endorsed candidates go down, and the Republicans, who might still control both chambers of Congress but saw their “red wave” turn into a red ripple.

Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist Mark Thiessen, a former Republican speechwriter, went on Fox News and blasted his party, saying, “There is a broader issue, and think about this: We have the worst inflation in four decades, the worst collapse in real wages in 40 years, the worst crime wave since the 1990s, the worst border crisis in U.S. history, we have Joe Biden, who is the least popular president since Harry Truman, since presidential polling happened, and there wasn’t a red wave. That is a searing indictment of the Republican Party. That is a searing indictment of the message that we have been sending to the voters. They looked at all of that, and looked at the Republican alternative, and said ‘no thanks.’”

He added that the midterms have been a “complete disaster” for Republicans.

But it might not turn out to be all doom and gloom for the Republicans, who still might be able to pull off winning both the House and Senate, even if it is by the slimmest of margins.

In the end, both Republicans and Democrats can (sort of) brag that they won these midterms, which shows just how divided the country remains and how odd this election cycle has been. Hey, good news, no more political ads to sit through — except for those in Georgia.

Here’s a quick round up of some of the notable reflections about Tuesday night and what lies ahead:

The New York Times’ Lisa Lerer with “How a G.O.P. Wave Became a Ripple.”

Also from the Times, it’s Blake Hounshell with “Five Takeaways From a Red Wave That Didn’t Reach the Shore.”

Politico’s David Siders with “The red wave that wasn’t: 5 takeaways from a disappointing night for the GOP.”

Los Angeles Times columnist Jackie Calmes with “The biggest losers — the GOP and Donald Trump”

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson with “Democrats Might Have Pulled Off the Biggest Midterm Shock in Decades.”

The Associated Press’ David Bauder with “Media narrative of US election: Bad news for Trump, GOP.”

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