CNN's Jake Tapper declared that although there was still an opportunity for the Democrats to take the U.S. House of Representatives, it looked already like the much vaunted "blue wave" of Democratic votes was not manifesting itself.
"This is not a blue wave. It is entirely possible that the Democrats will regain control of the House today, but I have to say when you look at what's going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave," Tapper told Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday evening.
"This is not a wave that is knocking out all sorts of Republican incumbents," he explained.
Tapper cited several competitive races where Democrats were unable to unseat Republicans.
"It does look as though Republicans have been able to build something of a wall in certain parts of the country," he added, "especially in these states that President Trump won."
"That said, Democrats still have a decent chance of winning back the House," he continued, "they still have a number of seats that are very competitive, where Democrats are in the lead, and that could still happen."
Democrats have campaigned against the presidency and policies of President Donald Trump, and their hopes have been bolstered by the generic ballot, but the "blue wave" doesn't look as big as they had hoped.