Thanks to the results obtained by the post office in California, the candidates who were late when everyone went to sleep that night quickly imposed themselves. This was also the case in the Arizona Senate race and in many races in the House.
It is true that the Democrats have lost a net of two seats in the Senate. They won Republican seats in Arizona and Nevada, but lost seats in Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, and Indiana. But the card, which allowed them to defend 10 seats in states won by Donald Trump in 2016, favored Republicans.
They also took part in governor races in the Midwest, a critical area they had lost to Trump in 2016, and could help the Democratic candidate set the course to defeat him in 2020. Less important but less important will be his winnings in the state legislatures. Democrats still accuse Republicans of controlling state chambers, but they have netted a net of six and at least 332 state legislators, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.
By another measure, although functionally meaningless, they also have reasons to be happy. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 3 million votes. Democrats have reduced by nearly 9 million the number of candidates to the House of Republicans in the House of Representatives in 2018.