The polls and the prognosticators forecast a red wave.
But when the votes began to trickle in jaws were left on the ground.
And Republicans learned some bad news on election night that took everyone by surprise.
On early Wednesday morning control of the U.S. Senate was up in the air and Republicans were looking at a much narrower majority in the House of Representatives.
The only Senate seat that changed hands was cognitively impaired Democrat John Fetterman defeating Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania.
Many conservatives were wary of Dr. Oz because Dr. Oz held liberal positions on gun control, abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, and transgender surgeries for minor children.
Republicans won key Senate races in Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina.
Herschel Walker looks to be headed to a runoff in Georgia against incumbent Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock.
Republican Adam Laxalt held a 23,000-vote lead over Democrat incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto out in Nevada.
If Republicans win both of those races, they could still eke out a Senate majority.
Republicans suffered a disappointing night in both House races and gubernatorial elections.
Heading into the midterms all the polling and reporting on the mood of campaigns in both parties suggested that Republicans could win anywhere from 20 to 40 seats in the House.
Polls also showed Republicans on track to win marquee governors’ races in Arizona and Wisconsin while running closer than expected in New York.
But the GOP vastly underperformed in all cases.
Michigan’s tyrannical pro-lockdown Governor Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican challenger Tudor Dixon.
Many observers thought the rising crime rates in New York would allow Lee Zeldin to pull off an upset for the ages.
But Hochul won easier than expected despite expressing support for vaccine and mask mandates while dismissing the New York crime spree as essentially a conspiracy theory.
In the House, The New York Times projected the Republicans to win control of the House of Representatives by picking up 12 seats.
Conservatives that no one thought were in danger were suddenly at risk of losing.
Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert trailed her Democrat opponent by 5,000 votes although The New York Times forecast listed the race as leaning towards Boebert as the remaining vote appeared to favor the Republican incumbent.
The 2022 midterm elections have some of the most shocking results in American history.
All the polls and “smart money” indicated a big Republican wave where the GOP won control of both houses of Congress and the preponderance of the major gubernatorial elections.
That red tsunami did not materialize.
And now Republicans will have to hope the remaining outstanding vote in Nevada and the runoff in Georgia falls their way if they hope to control both chambers of Congress.
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