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Politics Podcast: What The Midterms Taught Us About America

After a day or so of dissecting the data, the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast team discuss the trends they saw in the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats did very well in the suburbs, particularly in Romney-Clinton districts. While Democrats did poorly in the Senate, it had largely to do with the partisanship of the states in play. Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz’s victory of only 2.6 percentage points over Beto O’Rourke shows that Texas is becoming a peripheral battleground state.

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Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

Micah Cohen is FiveThirtyEight’s former managing editor.

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.