Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

After soaking up all the glory of the 2014 GOP wave, the editors of the conservative National Review issued a stern warning to Republicans: getting too much done could come back to haunt you.

National Review said the idea that Republicans now need to prove their ability to govern is bad politics. The editors mocked Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, for urging the GOP to work on issues like immigration reform, trade, and corporate tax reform.

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Fusion host Alicia Menendez was pretty excited to begin six years worth of castration references for incoming Republican Iowa Senator Joni Ernst.

"She’s going to be the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate, and she’s going to be seen by many as a rising star within the GOP. And we all want to see her go to Congress and chop their balls off," Menendez said Tuesday night, referencing the Ernst ad in which she talks about her experience castrating hogs.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) congratulated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after the GOP won control of the Senate.

"I'd like to congratulate Senator McConnell, who will be the new Senate Majority Leader. The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together. I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class," Reid said in a statement Tuesday night.

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), the congressman caught kissing a staffer, did not advance to the runoff election in his Louisiana House race, according to The Hill.

Democratic candidate Jamie Mayo will run against Ralph Abraham or Zach Dasher, the two Republican candidates who have pulled the most votes in the race. Votes are still being counted in the race, so it's not yet clear whether Abraham or Dasher will advance.

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Dave Brat, the candidate who ousted former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a primary upset, won his House race in Virginia.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) won the West Virginia Senate race, according to Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

West Virginia is now the first pick-up seat for Republicans in 2014. Capito is the first female senator ever to be elected in West Virginia.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) won a third term in the Senate Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press and multiple cable new networks.

President Obama said that the 2014 midterms present the worst map for Democrats in about 50 years.

"There's no doubt that, when you look at the Senate races, because of the fact only a third of the Senate is up at any given time, it tends to be a little bit arbitrary which seats are really going to be contested and which aren't," he said in an interview with Connecticut radio station WNPR. "So, for example, in this election cycle, this is probably the worst possible group of states for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower."

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