In St. Louis, this election is viewed as the de facto general election (to be held Apr. 7). As some residents put it, it's "the only election that matters."
The Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits denying citizens the right to vote based on their "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
"Chairman Goodlatte has paid no attention to the rampant voting discrimination still happening in the country, most recently seen in the 2014 midterm elections."
The time for licking election wounds is over, but as many factors came into play, lessons are still being drawn from the setbacks.
Right after the election, Bera appeared to be trailing Ose by more than 3,000 votes. But on Nov. 19, with nearly all ballots counted, he led by over 1,400.
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.
"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.
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.