There were local and geographical peculiarities, but when an election was as uniformly one-sided as this one was, deeper explanations are required.
"There's no way around it, losing the Senate is a tough blow for all of us hoping to see a progressive agenda enacted."
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.
You just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario for workers' rights. What can you do?
Voter turnout is decisive to the outcome; labor and its allies are going all out to reach every potential supporter, including discouraged voters.
For many years, the 10th CD seat was held by Republican Congressman Frank Wolf, who easily beat off all challenges from Democrats. But Wolf is now retiring, leaving this as an open seat.
Basic democratic rights are at stake Nov. 4 if Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate and expand their domination of governorships and state houses.
Bruce Rauner has made it clear he wants to be governor for the richest 1 percent of people in Illinois. He has made millions outsourcing America's jobs and firing workers.