2018 Midterm Elections Wrap Up

The 2018 midterm elections come to an end, with victories for both Democrats and Republicans.


The 2018 Senate elections ended with Republicans controlling the Senate. (Vector from Vecteezy)

Kennedy Wade, Reporter

The elections for Missouri Senate, House of Representatives and Kansas House of Representatives came to an end Nov. 6, with Republicans remaining in control of the Senate and Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives. Republican Josh Hawley pushed Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill out of the Senate by six percent of the votes, gaining a seat for Republicans in Congress. Democrat Sharice Davids won against Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder by nine percent of the votes, winning a Democratic seat for the House of Representatives.

It was a record-breaking election for women. Women won more than 100 seats in the House surpassing the previous record of 84 seats. Fourteen women also won Senate seats, bringing the total female representation to 24. The total amount of women in Congress will be at least 118, with races still yet to be called.

Davids made history as the first Native American women elected into the House, as well as the first openly gay Kansas representative. Her election also marks the first time a Democrat has been elected in suburban Kansas City in a decade, according to the Kansas City Star. Davids won the position against Yoder, who had served eight consecutive years as a representative for Kansas. Davids had repeatedly been slammed as too radical by political ads, but it was not enough to keep Yoder in office.

The Missouri Senate election had been a nationally watched toss-up race, with McCaskill and Hawley seeming to be locked in a tie for the majority of the lead up to the election day. Endorsed by President Donald Trump, Hawley managed to flip the Democratic Senate position to Republican. Additionally, McCaskill had been repeatedly slammed in the news for her wealth, which may have been advantageous to Hawley. McCaskill had served 12 years in the Senate before losing the position to Hawley.

Across the country, Democrats secured 223 seats to win control of the House. Republicans took formerly Democratic seats in Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota, allowing the party to remain in control over the Senate. Democrats gained one seat in Nevada. Democrats had the least favorable Senate forecast that any party has ever faced, with a one in seven chance to gain control of the Senate, according to FiveThirtyEight.