It was a night of rebellion among the Democrats and Republicans' loyalty: Liberal activists toppled the democratic establishment in several major races on Tuesday, while Republican voters supported candidates anointed by President Trump. The night broke the pattern of the last few years, when Republicans often challenged their leaders and Democrats usually rallied.
Here are some of our takeaways:
A Political Milestone in New York
A Political Revolution
Her victory is a stunning illustration of the energy on the left side this year, and an echo of the Republican primaries in 2014, the other up and coming spokesman for the house, Eric Cantor of Virginia, from an upstart right saw met.
But Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez wa He is not the only liberal insurgent – or the only young candidate for color – who shakes the established Democrats in the city. In Brooklyn, Adem Bunkeddeko almost knocked out the representative Yvette Clarke, an experienced local dynasty official; he lost nearly 1,000 votes. And Representative Carolyn Maloney drew less than three-fifths of the vote against another initial candidate, Suraj Patel
Establishment-backed Democrats fared better elsewhere, including a disputed House primary in Colorado. But the riots in New York City are a milestone: despite its cultural liberalism, the city is usually a politically rigid place – a difficult arena for newcomers in the face of party machinations and electoral laws that hinder competition. On Tuesday evening, the ossified democratic institutions got a new kind of fear.
And one of the ways in which the New York Democratic establishment keeps its grip – separation between federal and state primaries to better control the electorate – could now return haunt them. Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez's triumph will challenge Cynthia Nixon's challenge to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo, inject money and energy, and provide her with the kind of momentum into September Elementary School she could not have had without the state's bifurcation process  The Threat to Nancy Pelosi
For Democrats in Congress, ready to replace Representative Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the House's six-member leadership team, Crowley offered the promise of a generation change at the age of 56. 19659012] This hope vanished with his defeat, and now the race to replace Ms. Pelosi – whether this year or in the future – is wide open.
Superficially, Mr. Crowley's resignation means that Ms. Pelosi has one potential less rival threatened in the wings. But the vacuum he has created could also pose new challenges to the California Democrats' grip on the House Caucus, which is already under threat because many candidates have promised their party not to support them.
Other younger, more ambitious legislators can fill the void left by Mr. Crowley – and this list also seems to include non-White Democrats. With Mr. Crowley and her deputy Steny Hoyer, Ms. Pelosi knew who could threaten her. Now it is not clear where an uprising could come from.
Political seriousness still exists, occasionally
In New York, an amazing thing happened, yes – especially not where many suspected.
The Redemption of Former Representative Michael Grimm The call for the House – which led him from federal prison to a strong public polling station to recapture his old seat – should be another data point in the supposed Trump era of political imagination that "nothing counts. " 19659002] Mr. Grimm had gone to jail. The President approved his opponent, MP Dan Donovan. Practically every other significant Republican in the area did it. Mr. Donovan had a considerable fundraising advantage in his primary currency. Yet, many thought that Mr. Grimm was the favorite, neutralizing Donovan's benefits with his Trump style and relentless ubiquity in diners and boroughs.
But on Tuesday, at least some of these other factors seemed to play a role. In the polls, some voters called Trump's support crucial to their choice; others said they had worried about Mr. Grimm's viability in the fall against the Democratic candidate, Max Rose, a well-funded veteran.
Whatever the reason, there was something quite remarkable about change: A generally inconspicuous incumbent defeated a disgraced former incumbent by a considerable distance. A sitting president made a difference to a current member of the congress. At least, everything was together in one corner of the city.
Mitt Romney will be fine
It is not yet clear whether a Sen. Mitt Romney would be a loyal foot soldier to Mr. Trump Washington – as his current demeanor often implied – or a high-level executive irritator as his criticism of the then candidate Trump could imply during the 2016 campaign. But on Tuesday that was very obvious: it will almost certainly be a Sen. Mitt Romney  After a disappointing showing at the Utah Republican Convention in April – and under sporadic concerns that his earlier attacks on Mr Trump might be some Voters in Mr. Romney's adopted state bail – the former Massachusetts governor and the presidential candidate have won his senate as captain and cleared the way for an expectant general election campaign in a solid red state.
With the imminent resignation of Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee and the recent Republican loss of Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina, the next Congress seems to have less prominent Mr. Trump skeptics in the Republican ranks , Much to the surprise of Nov., Mr Romney will have the opportunity to fill the void if he declines.