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

The 2018 midterm elections reaffirmed the deep polarization inflicting America rather than producing a clear wave, with Democrats sweeping to a House majority by pulverizing suburban Republicans as the GOP trounced a number of red-state Democratic incumbents to tighten their hold on the Senate.

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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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