Editor's note

The highly-anticipated US mid-term elections provided mixed results. As Adrian Beaumont writes, while the Democrats, as predicted, won the House of Representatives, the Republicans increased their hold on the Senate.

And as Timothy Lynch writes, the election went far better for Donald Trump than was predicted. There was no “blue wave” across America, instead deep divisions within the country. Key victories by pro-Trump, anti-immigrant candidates confirmed the president’s hold on the Republican Party and his ability to turn out his conservative base. This will boost hopes among his supporters of a second term in office.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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Democrats celebrate as the US mid-term results come in. AAP/EPA/Erik S. Lesser

Democrats take House at US midterm elections, but Republicans keep Senate; Labor well ahead in Victoria

Adrian Beaumont, University of Melbourne

The highly-anticipated US mid-terms produced mixed results for both major parties – Democrats won the House but Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate.

Ted Cruz held off a spirited challenge from Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke to help the Republicans hold onto the Senate in a big night for the GOP. Michael Wyke/EPA

It’s not quite a ‘red wave’, but the US midterms show the power of Trump’s divisive messages

Timothy J. Lynch, University of Melbourne

Key victories by pro-Trump, anti-immigrant candidates have confirmed the president's hold on the Republican Party and his ability to turn out his conservative base.

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