The fundamental lesson for Maryland Democrats is that a candidate must stand for something, and that something better be what the citizens of the state want.
Not since 1942 has turnout been so low.
Across the nation, voters passed measures against fracking and abortion restrictions, and for the minimum wage, paid sick leave, public safety and gun reform.
Nothing better sets up a presidential run than raising dollars and getting out the votes for other politicians.
While Senate races distracted observers, the GOP piled up wins at the state level, all but assuring the prospects for more extreme measures on abortion and voting rights.
Watch Parties: Grim Pro-Choicers, Mouthy Teenagers, Sad Tarheels, Happy Potheads, Plus Poets, Pols and MentorsNov 05, 2014
We dispatched our staff, interns and a couple of friends to watch parties for midterm election results hosted by groups across the progressive coalition. Here's what they found.
For one thing, they're more concerned with voting rights than the behind-the-scenes details of national politics.
For the African-American community, given all the obstacles, an uptick in turnout can be a victory in and of itself.
For many, this is the first midterm election they’ve voted in. And Initiative 71, which went on to pass with nearly 70 percent of the vote, is the reason.
They had hoped for a better night, but they're already thinking ahead to 2016.
In which Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton mingles with constituents and the verse is a bit searing.
Tar Heel progressives may not have loved their senator, but they worked hard to re-elect her—and thought they would.
In the 2014 midterms, the Democrats' economic agenda fared better than Democrats.
Half a billion dollars was spent on U.S. Senate races this year, making this cycle the most expensive midterm campaign ever.
But in Tennessee, an anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.