What the Midterm Election Shows: America’s Two Parties Live In Divergent Worlds

 wsj.com  11/7/2018 11:52:00 PM   Reid J. Epstein and Reid J. Epstein The Wall Street Journal BiographyReid J. Epstein @reidepstein reid.epstein@wsj.com Janet Hook Janet Hook The Wall Street Journal BiographyJanet Hook @hookjan janet.hook@wsj.com

WASHINGTON—The midterm elections brought to a head a decadelong realignment of the U.S.’s major political parties, with Democrats winning contests in and around major cities while Republicans carried rural and small-town America.

The result—Democrats gained 27 GOP-held House seats to take the majority, with 17 races still undecided as of Wednesday evening, while Republicans added two seats to their Senate majority, with three still unsettled—was less a wave than the continuation of a slow-moving lava flow that began following...

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