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.
Art teacher Cynthia Bliss laced up her sneakers, grabbed a jacket and spent most of a recent Saturday asking strangers to help oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office.
The nightmare scenario of a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and its companion nightmare involving possible GOP victories in key state elections can be avoided.
Voter protection advocates in Missouri will assist voters who have questions about their voting rights or face difficulties at the polls on Election Day.