There were states that broke the democratic hearts last time – and those where any political rebellion should begin.
So, how did the democrats in 2016 Trump country do? They won. And they lost. And both experiences are instructive for the party's future.
This year, The New York Times focused on seven states where the Democrats hope to escape the losses two years ago. Some have traditionally been blue areas such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Some were clear, such as Texas and Tennessee. Read the beginning of the series here.
Here's a look at how the party did:
The reconstruction of the "blue wall" President Trump has violated will always begin here.
Read the story: Trump won Pennsylvania. Democrats want the state (and its voters) back.
Even after the president's victory, the Pennsylvania Democrats seemed well positioned to win reelection in competitions for the governor and the Senate, with relatively popular leaders (Gov Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey) and weak adversaries. And he wins easily.
The biggest test was in the House. Democrats also voted for those who took more seats in a redesigned rayon map. Of particular interest were two races in the districts Mr Trump wore in 2016 – a groundbreaking reason for Democrats eager to demonstrate that the state can be theirs again in 2020. They have won both comfortable marriages, conveying Conor Lamb and Matt Cartwright back to Congress .
Mister. The Lamb, who won the special election in March in a Western West Pennsylvania district, provided a premature template on how to win in the Trump country. A former naval sailor, who focused on labor rights and economic fairness, Mr. Lamb took care not to alienate the Trump voters by antagonizing the president.
Mister. Cartwright, located in northeastern Pennsylvania, was also obliged to understand conservative constituents. He said he took deer hunting as a point of contact.
The pair will be integrated into Congress by a few Pennsylvania women who won on Tuesday, including Madeleine Dean, Chrissy Houlahan and Mary Gay Scanlon in Suburban Philadelphia and Susan Wild in the Lehigh Valley.
Senator Ted Cruz was stunned. "This is Texas, "He knocked on campaign events, suggesting it was crazy to think that his Democratic opponent, the representative of Beto O'Rourke, could change the makeup of the state's electorate through the absolute force of personality and progressivism.
"Maybe in Massachusetts," Cruz said in an August interview, sipping a beer made in Texas at a bar outside Houston.
Read the story: Beto O'Rourke Dreams of Texas. Ted Cruz sees another clearly.
Finally, both candidates were right. Mister. Cruz survived on Tuesday, focusing on cultural conservatism and a fierce defense of Mr. Trump, his former rival in the 2016 Presidential Mayoralties. And Mr. Rourke showed a remarkable number of voters – more than 4 million , about three percent behind Mr Cruz – proving that another type of democratic campaign could make the party competitive in Texas. His strength around some of the major popular centers of the state also helped raise congressional candidates in key battlefields.
However, the way to go for Democrats in state races is uncertain. It is hard to imagine that future candidates reptiliate many of the forces that fueled Mr. O'Rourke: his charisma and viral status on social media; its prolific fund-raising; an opponent like Mr. Cruz, who can be polarized even within his party. And Mr. O'Rourke is still losing.
However, even before it was, applications for a presidential candidacy in 2020 were in full swing. They will not stop soon.
Few losses were more alarming for the Democrats in 2016 than for it. On Tuesday, there was mostly redemption.
With accent on Repeating the trade union voters who were often cool at Hillary Clinton two years ago, the Democrats in Michigan saw the focus on lunch economic issues that were rewarded this week with decisive victories in the governor race (Gretchen Whitmer), the reelection of the Senate (Debbie Stabenow) more contests.
Read the story: In Michigan, female candidates target a key block of the band: the Union's voters
But the deep fears of Republicans on Tuesday have not been achieved. Democrats hoped to overturn enough local seats to take control of the State Legislature. They escaped.
However, the results seemed to suggest that, despite Mr. Trump's visceral appeal to some households, his success in 2016 had a lot to do with Mrs. Clinton's unpopularity. "We have had a lot of attacks on Hillary," said Bill Black, leader of the Teamsters Union in Michigan, a few months ago, raising the governor's bid. – We do not see her with Gretchen.
Finally, the Democrats took their man.
Scott Walker, for years an avatars of the Republican dominance of Midwest state policy, will no longer be governor. He loser to Tony Evers, head of the state superintendent.
The message of the Wisconsin Democratic Campaign reflected in many respects the Party's argument at the national level, with emphasis on health, education and infrastructure spending. However, Mr Walker, despite having presided over a strong economy, proved to be particularly vulnerable to such attacks: He pushed to abrogate Affordable Law and oversaw steep cuts in education spending at the beginning of his mandate.
Elsewhere on the ticket, Senator Tammy Baldwin, the current Democrat, won the two-digit reelection.
But Republicans in the state do not seem willing to give up power without a fight. Leaders in the legislature will already discuss ways to limit Mr. Evers' authority before being sworn in.
They assumed that their nominee, former governor Phil Bredesen, was a perfect fit, more like a stylist with the republican he was heading to replace Senator Bob Corker, than the nominated Republican – Marsha Blackburn, a tough conservative.
Read the story: A Tennessee changer weighs a moderate or conservative for the Senate
It did not matter. Mrs. Blackburn has easily won, suggesting that the state will not be very hospitable to the Democrats soon. Mr. Bredesen won all 95 state councils when he was re-elected as Governor in 2006. If he failed to keep a race almost – after he came to support justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, after he spoke warmly about the rights of the weapon – it is hard to imagine another Democrat who is moving much better.
"In our minds, we think we are somewhat more progressive, a bit more advanced," said Raumesh Akbari, a Democratic state legislator at Memphis, about Tennessee before the election, comparing it with other reliable red states. – But I do not know.
In 2016, Mr Trump actually took this state once purple on board, gaining eight points. Tuesday's results clearly show that 2020 should enter as a strong favorite again.
Despite high hopes among Democrats who thought they could overthrow several state offices, the Republicans had a very good night, starting at the tip of the ticket. Mike DeWine, currently the general prosecutor, was elected governor, returning Richard Cordray, the Democratic candidate who headed the Consumer Protection Bureau.
Read the story: "When You Think You Can Realize It, It Revolves": Democratic Puzzle Over Retake Ohio
In defeat, Mr Cordray won more votes than the former governor, Gov. John R. Kasich, won in any of his victories – and still lost by Mr. DeWine with more than four points.
The result was sovereign for the Democrats. Mr Trump's success at once the solid blue corners of the state, especially with many old union electors, seemed to surrender, at least in part, to Republicans in a non-presidential year. And Mr Cordray will never approach the types President Barack Obama liked with young and African Americans when he won the state in the two campaigns.
"Donald Trump has completely disintegrated the old Ohio Democratic Coalition," said Michael Hartley, long-standing counselor of Republican campaigns in the state. "And I'm thinking of a surprise of many people, the Trump voters came out."
Come on Tuesday, Democrats have built a kind of laboratory experiment for their party's future: Their candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum, was a young African-American progressor who electrified liberals across the country. Their Senate candidate, Bill Nelson, was looking for the re-election as a white septuagenarian centrist who joined Congress in the year that Mr Gillum was born.
Read the story: A Centrist and a Liberal Test in Florida, and Democrats everywhere Watch closely
The polls generally showed Mr Gillum with a small advantage over his republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, a Trump supporter, leaving the Democrats the hope that the enthusiasm surrounding the campaign might be enough to lift Mr. Nelson in his run against the governor Rick Scott.
It seems certain that this has not happened as planned. It does not make any sense to say who won.
While the Democrats seemed to lose both races on Tuesday night, margins sank sufficiently in recent days to fall below the threshold for a recount. Republicans have expressed confidence that their apparent gains will remain winning.
Refrain is familiar.