The elections were a blow against comprehensive immigration reform.
By winning control of a majority of the nation's state legislatures on Tuesday, Republicans could lock in control of the U.S. House of Representatives for another decade.
California Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and state governor trounced their Republican contenders in what a month before the elections were considered toss-up races.
Like in other Midwestern states, Michigan Republicans reversed gains made by Democrats just two years ago, but labor activists here say they have lived to fight another day.
The AFL-CIO says its push will, in effect, build a "firewall" that will hold the line on expected Republican gains and allow Democrats to retain control of both houses of Congress.
In the last week before the election, when get-out-the vote efforts become job number one for candidates, the Republican Party has begun to falter.
The Republican Party is spouting vile hatred for immigrants, especially those who have dark skins but don't have papers.
The news that Rep. Raul Grijalva is now in a tighter race than expected has jolted working-class and progressive forces into action.
Republican Party bigotry and political activism has closed the so-called voter enthusiasm gap among Latino voters.
Rosie the Riveter for Lieutenant Governor - good; billions of dollars from mega-corporations into Republican campaign coffers - bad; all that and more!