Republicans and Democrats are trying to read the tea leaves to decipher the future of the country in the midterm elections after the results of Tuesday's primary elections and one special election.
After a shocking upset victory by Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, she and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were hoping to continue a progressive takeover of the Democratic Party but that hope was dashed to the rocks Tuesday.
On the other hand, candidates endorsed by President Donald Trump extended his power and control in the Republican Party.
Democratic establishment candidate Rep. Lacy Clay easily defeated the Sanders/Ocasio-Cortez endorsed nurse and activist Cori Bush for Missouri's 1st district.
In the Democratic primary for governor, former state senator Gretchen Whitmer easily defeated Abdul El-Sayed , a former Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion executive director, and entrepreneur Shri Thanedar.
Abdul El-Sayed was seen as the progressive alternative to the more mainstream Whitmer. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed El-Sayed to perpetuate the left-wing takeover of the Democratic Party.
Ocasio-endorsed Fayrouz Saad also lost to Hillary Clinton-endorsed Haley Stevens in Michigan's 11th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Saad would have been the first Muslim woman elected to Congress if she had won the nomination and the general election.
In the GOP race for governor, Trump-endorsed Attorney General Bill Schuette easily defeated numerous candidates, including Dr. Jim Hines, president of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
In the GOP Senate primary, Trump also endorsed veteran John James, who won the Republican nomination and will challenge Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in the midterms.
The Ocasio-Sanders socialist movement had only one possible victory in a U.S. House district in Kansas.
In the gubernatorial race, Laura Kelly easily won the Democratic nomination while Trump-endorsed Kris Kobach was narrowly ahead of incumbent Jeff Colyer on the Republican side.
Sarah Smith hoped to defeat 11-term incumbent Adam Smith, who is far more conservative than the Socialist Democrat, but that hope was easily crushed in Washington's 9th district.
'Blue wave' crash in Ohio special election
Democrats also lost the pivotal special election in Ohio considered a bellwether for the "blue wave." This was the last special election contest before the midterms and was being touted by Democrats as a disaster for Republicans because the president won the state by 11 percentage points in 2016.
But the razor-thin election ended up in a toss-up with Republican Troy Balderson ahead. He is likely to keep the victory barring any drastic errors in the count with provisional ballots.
Trump and the Republican National Convention chairwoman Ronna McDaniel celebrated his victories on social media.
Congratulations to a future STAR of the Republican Party, future Senator John James. A big and bold victory tonight… https://t.co/gyVGL7M3OQ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1533698634.0
With victories in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri, @realDonaldTrump extended his winning streak of endorsements even fu… https://t.co/UQGdBeQ3aY— Ronna McDaniel (@Ronna McDaniel)1533698791.0
Congratulations to Bill Schuette. You will have a Big win in November and be a tremendous Governor for the Great St… https://t.co/x0HiT5ZjyH— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1533700363.0