The vicissitudes of politics bring me back to the core issues; the electoral process amounts to only a part of what makes a democracy work.
Republicans badly wanted to win this historically red district, famous as the home for many retired military.
Despite winning the gubernatorial race in Florida last week, exit polling shows that Gov. Rick Scott lost Cuban-Americans to his Democratic opponent, 50 to 46 percent.
There were local and geographical peculiarities, but when an election was as uniformly one-sided as this one was, deeper explanations are required.
By an impressive vote of 58.5 percent to 41.5 percent, with a majority in every county in the state, Prop 47 passed, truly a huge people's victory.
"There's no way around it, losing the Senate is a tough blow for all of us hoping to see a progressive agenda enacted."
The Midterm Elections have almost certainly put an end to any possibility of a legislated immigration reform until Jan. 2017.
Democrats faced a bleak day-after with the Republican takeover of the Senate and resounding GOP victories on the state level.
Republicans thought they could use this to boost their vote among "supporters of Israel." But Jewish voters continued to vote heavily for Democrats.
The GOP won control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, increased its majority in the House, and won important governors' races around the country.