CNN's Tapper on early midterm results: 'This is not a blue wave'

Source: The Hill | November 6, 2018 | Brett Samuels

CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Tuesday night that the evening’s initial results do not portend a “blue wave” of Democratic victories.

“It is entirely possible that the Democrats will regain control of the House today, but I have to say that when you look at what’s going on today, this is not a blue wave,” Tapper said shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern.

“This is not a wave knocking out all sorts of Republican incumbents,” he added.

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Tapper noted that Democrats still retain a “decent chance” of winning back control of the House. The party must gain 23 seats, and had flipped two at the time of the anchor’s comments.

Democrats, though, are also playing defense in the Senate, where 10 incumbents are running in states Trump won in 2016.

Multiple CNN panelists agreed a few moments later that a blue wave was unlikely.

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