Chris Christie says GOP victory isn't about him, while making the TV rounds 8:29 a.m.
The New Jersey governor stopped by all five major networks this morning to offer up his analysis of what the Republican electoral sweep means for his party going forward. On NBC's "Today," Christie said that he shouldn't get credit for Republicans' major gains, despite his aggressive campaigning in the leadup to the election.
"It's not about me," he told NBC's Matt Lauer. "I was happy to help. I'm glad to have their confidence, but that's all it is." He also appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," CBS's "This Morning," CNN, and Fox News. Still not about him, though. -Kaveh Waddell
Rand Paul says Hillary Clinton didn't help Democrats 8:22 a.m.
The Kentucky senator is diving right into the 2016 race, and he didn't hold back on Hillary in an appearance on CNN. "I don't think she was an asset. I think that she, the Clintons, for a long time have been perceived as 'Oh, hey, they can help Democrats convince people in the south there still be some conservative Democrats,' but guess what? It doesn't work anymore," he said. "Even in their home state in Arkansas, it didn't work last night. They campaigned heavily in Iowa; didn't work in Iowa. They campaigned heavily in Kentucky."
He continued: "They're supposed to be this Clinton cache. The shininess has worn off of that." -Marina Koren
A White House official tells CNN that the president called Mitch McConnell after the Kentucky senator won re-election last night to congratulate him, and left a message."The president is anxious to get to work and put the midterms behind him," Jim Acosta writes. But doesn't Obama know everyone hates getting voicemail?
Obama will meet with congressional leaders, including McConnell, on Friday.
Obama press conference to come this afternoon 6:43 a.m.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest just tweeted that the president will hold a news conference this afternoon.
The morning after Election Day, around 20 House races remain undecided. Most of them are clustered in California, which is both home to a number of swing districts and a state with a reputation for counting ballots slowly. Arizona also has multiple districts still up in the air for the second consecutive election. In 2012, late counting in both of those states favored Democrats.
A number of surprisingly close races from around the country also dot the uncalled map: Veteran Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., a longtime ally of Nancy Pelosi who represents a liberal-leaning district, has only a few hundred votes on her unheralded challenger, and the AP is withholding a call on the race. Same goes for Democratic Rep. John Delaney in Maryland, while Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., is actually behind his challenger in the Central Valley with the initial precinct count coming to an end.
No one is talking recounts yet, but in a few places, House races are still bleeding into overtime. -Scott Bland
On a mostly one-sided Election Day, a handful of states managed to defy one-party sweeps—or at least elect statewide candidates with widely disparate margins.
In Massachusetts, for example, Republican Charlie Baker claimed a narrow two-point win in the governor's race despite Democratic Sen. Ed Markey's 34-point reelection.
That trend held in Michigan and Illinois, where Rick Snyder and Bruce Rauner claimed their state's governorships despite double-digit losses from the GOP's respective Senate candidates. Snyder's spread swung 17 points from Democrat Gary Peters' performance in the Senate race, while Rauner pulled a 15-point margin from Sen. Dick Durbin's easy reelection.
Even in states where one party claimed both marquee statewide races, the margins weren't always uniform. Sen. Jack Reed cruised to victory in Rhode Island by 41 points, while Democratic counterpart Gina Raimondo sweated out a four-point win in the governor's race.
And on the GOP side of things, Maine Gov. Paul LePage eked out a just-sufficient plurality of voters, currently leading his opponent by four points; meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins is running up a 36-point lead. -Alex Brown
It's not over yet 6:01 a.m.
At least not for several key areas, like Senate races in Alaska and Virginia and the governor's race in Colorado. Results are still coming in for California's 52nd district, where Republican Carl DeMaio maintains a very slim lead over Democrat incumbent Scott Peters.