Why did conservative Marsha Blackburn triumph in the Tennessee Senate race, and why did incumbent Rep. Dave Brat struggle in his race for a third term in the House? Tuesday night’s results made clear that Republicans would retain the Senate, but lose the House, and we’re here to examine what happened. Rachel del Guidice joins us from the ground on Tennessee, and Fred Lucas from Brat’s Virginia district to share what they learned from voters and experts over the course of their reporting. Plus: We talk about how well celebrity endorsements panned out this cycle.

We also cover these stories:

  • The election results were bad news for progressives, with major candidates like Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke losing to Republicans.
  • Did the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings have an effect on the races? The one Democrat senator who voted for Kavanaugh won re-election, while three Democrats who didn’t lost their Senate races.
  • In Florida, voters approved an amendment to their state constitution that restores voting rights to some felons.

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