Breakfast Briefing: 5 (election) things for PR pros to know on Wednesday morning

Democrats took the House; Republicans kept the Senate; the election needle didn't work.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Were Tuesday’s midterm elections all that Democrats dreamed of? No, but it was enough of a blue wave for them to ride to control of the House of Representatives, giving the party new investigative powers and the ability to stall President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda.

Republicans strengthened their majority in the Senate, with incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz dispatching Democratic favorite Beto O’Rourke in Texas. The first Native American and Muslim women were elected to Congress. In Colorado, Jared Polis became the first openly gay man elected governor of a state.

Who wants to be the first to tell him? President Trump has been spinning the results as a "Big Victory" and "tremendous success" and retweeting Ben Stein’s comments referring to him as "the magic man." Popcorn emoji: Trump has an 11:30 a.m. EST press conference scheduled for this morning.

What it means for the next two years. Expect the Democrats’ success in the Rust Belt, the same region where President Trump turned the tide in 2016, to be discussed a lot in election post-mortems and as Democrats pick their standard bearer for the 2020 race. Expect to hear the name "Sherrod Brown" often.

Media bites. Fox News, whose star commentator, Sean Hannity, was yukking it up on stage with President Trump at a rally this week, called the House for Democrats nearly an hour before any other news organization, prompting disbelief on Twitter. Hannity was noticeably absent from the network’s election night coverage. And if you’re a fan of The New York Times’ panic-inducing "election needle," you were again left disappointed, as the pointer endured technical difficulties Tuesday evening.

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