Wednesday, November 4, 1998

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  • Election Results Defy Historic Trends

    While Republicans maintained control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, they did not come close to their publicly stated goal to reach the magic 60 seats in the Senate needed to cut off floor debate. Democrats also won the prized governorship of California, a post that they have not held for 16 years. In a stunning upset for Republicans, House Democrat Charles Schumer of New York also defeated long-time Republican Senator Alfonse D’Amato after waging the nastiest and most expensive campaign in the country.

  • The Return of the Southern Democrat

    In Alabama and in South Carolina, Southern Democrats regained governorships and staged a comeback thanks in large measure to larger than predicted turnout among black voters.

  • A Look at Progressive Candidates’ Parties, Outcomes

    Thirteen candidates running from the Progressive Caucus won in yesterday’s elections, including Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, the first open lesbian to win a congressional seat. Progressives ran on platforms that included labor rights, reproductive rights, health care and education.

  • Mainstream Media’s Coverage of Elections

    Many media pundits had predicted that the elections would amount to a referendum on President Clinton’s impeachment. While many commentators joined Republicans in swallowing their predictions and spinning the election results, we look at how the mainstream media covered the elections, and how they misread the public. While pundits focused on the Lewinsky scandal, voters focused on health, education and campaign reform.