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Mic Daily: Major takeaways in the wake of the midterm elections
President Donald Trump gets into an exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a news conference Wednesday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Pool/Getty Images

Good evening, folks, and happy Wednesday. Now that the initial wave of midterm election news has passed, let’s take a zoomed-out look at the long game. What effects will Election Day 2018 have on the United States moving forward?

The 2018 midterm elections marked a night of historic firsts for women of color

Ayanna Pressley
Ayanna Pressley Mary Schwalm/AP

Women of color made a major splash in the midterms at every level. These are the winners who are helping to change the face of American politics. Read more.

5 crucial social justice initiatives that passed around the country in the 2018 midterm elections

Transgender advocate and actress Laverne Cox speaks at the Bagly Community Center in Boston.
Transgender advocate and actress Laverne Cox speaks at the Bagly Community Center in Boston. Josh Reynolds/AP

In addition to an infusion of women of color into government, the midterms also ushered in a number of important ballot initiatives related to criminal and social justice reform. Read more.

The Senate would have flipped to Democrats if only people under 44 had voted

A map of Tuesday’s Senate results
A map of Tuesday’s Senate results Jason Reginato/Mic

The House flipping from red to blue was an all but certain outcome ahead of Tuesday, but some held out hope the Senate might flip hands, too. That didn’t turn out to be the case, largely because voters over 44 showed up in droves. Check out the full story for a mock-up of how the map would’ve looked if only people under 44 had turned up at the polls. Read more.

Trump scolds defeated Republicans who rejected his endorsement before midterms

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump Pool/Getty Images

In the wake of losing the House majority, Trump doubled down on the importance of his endorsements Wednesday, taunting Republicans who rejected his praise. Read more.

The midterm elections are over — and the potential 2020 field is already looking crowded

Former Vice President Joe Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden Chris Knight/AP

I know we’re all still digesting the results of Tuesday’s elections, but — painful as it may be — it’s worth looking ahead to the next big election, too. Read more.

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