"To put it bluntly, the media missed the story. In the end, a huge number of American voters wanted something different. And although these voters shouted and screamed it, most journalists just weren’t listening. They didn’t get it.
They didn’t get that the huge, enthusiastic crowds at Donald Trump’s rallies would really translate into that many votes. They couldn’t believe that the America they knew could embrace someone who mocked a disabled man, bragged about sexually assaulting women, and spouted misogyny, racism and anti-Semitism.
It would be too horrible. So, therefore, according to some kind of magical thinking, it couldn’t happen."
And the Republicans even kept control of both houses of Congress.
The Senate will remain in Republican control, after Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R) beat out his Democratic challenger Jason Kander, dashing the Democrats’ hope of a return to power in Congress next year.
The House will also remain in Republican control next year, after Democrats made only modest pickups there.
While a couple of races were still outstanding as of 3 a.m., Republicans wins in competitive states left no viable pathway for Senate Democrats to seize control from the GOP, despite earlier polling that suggested they were likely to do so.
Under a Donald Trump presidency, a Republican Congress and White House will be able to attempt sweeping rollbacks of landmark items of Barack Obama’s presidency, including the health-care law known as Obamacare and the nuclear deal with Iran struck last year. The Senate Democrats’ threat of a filibuster would, in many instances, be the only viable block to such legislative efforts.
Democrats had to pick up at least four seats if Hillary Clinton became president, and five under Trump, to seize the Senate majority. They never came close.