Not only did Democrats retake the House — achieving a vital check on Trump’s and Republicans’ ability to ravage hope for a better future. Democrats also gained seven new governor’s offices, defeating vote suppressor Kris Kobach in Kansas, union buster Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and the would-be successor to Maine’s Trumpian outgoing governor. Four of these seven seats were flipped by women. And Democrats flipped six state legislative chambers, including both houses in New Hampshire.
Several states passed measures to make voting easier or redraw voting districts; most notably Florida restored the voting rights of the disenfranchised millions who have been convicted in a criminal justice system biased against minorities and the poor. Three rural states voted to expand Medicaid and two voted to raise the minimum wage.
There were some bad results, too, but it is more telling for the long term to look at changes in direction rather than binary outcomes. Republicans did not flip any governorships or state legislative chambers throughout the country. The only major shift in favor of Republicans was the Senate, the least democratically representative of our elected bodies.
Our cave just got a little brighter.