Cameron Joseph

Cameron Joseph is Talking Points Memo's senior political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covers Capitol Hill, the White House and the permanent campaign. Previous publications include the New York Daily News, Mashable, The Hill and National Journal. He grew up near Chicago and is an irrationally passionate Cubs fan.

Articles by Cameron

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) luck has finally run out.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) has defeated the two-term senator, ending her four-decade political career and flipping another key Senate seat to his party after an expensive and arduous campaign.

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Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), a former member of GOP leadership and key player in the Republican tax cut plan, has lost his reelection fight in a Democratic-swinging suburban district.

Businessman Sean Casten (D) led Roskam by 53 percent to 47 percent with 55 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated Press has called the race.

Roskam had long been a power player in the GOP conference, and as a key subcommittee chairman on the House Ways & Means Committee played an integral role in the GOP’s successful push to dramatically lower corporate interest rates and cut personal rates.

But while his suburban Chicago district had intentionally been drawn by Democrats to be safely Republican so they could gerrymander safe seats around him, it was part of the dramatic suburban swing against President Trump in 2016, and continued this pattern in 2018.

The district had been won by Mitt Romney by eight points in 2012, but Trump lost it by seven — a similar margin as Roskam’s loss.

He’s one of the most powerful Republicans who’ve been shown the door by voters on election night, along with House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).

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Democrats are on pace to take back control of the House in January, riding a wave of suburban fury against President Trump, a disciplined message on health care and a huge upsurge of activism from their base to secure a check on the president’s agenda and win the chamber for the first time since 2010.

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Texas is still Texas.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has held off a spirited challenge from Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) to hang onto his seat for another term. Cruz led O’Rourke 51 percent to 48 percent with 80 percent of precincts reporting. Multiple networks have called the race.

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Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has defeated Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), returning a seat in a deep red state to the GOP column and putting one of President Trump’s earliest and fiercest supporters in the Senate.

Cramer led Heitkamp 59 percent to 41 percent with 42 percent of precincts reporting. Multiple networks have called the race.

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