Carville: 'It's not going to be a wave election'

Carville: 'It's not going to be a wave election'
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Democratic strategist James Carville said late Tuesday that the 2018 midterm elections won't be decided by a blue wave.

"Tonight, there was some hope that the Democrats would have a wave election," Carville told MSNBC as election results rolled in.

"It's not going to be a wave election. It could still be a good election," he said, pointing to Florida and Texas.

"But you know there's still a lot of politics left," he said. "But ... we'll wait and see."

"Hopefully the Democrats get the House back," he said.

The day before the election FiveThirtyEight gave Democrats a 6-in-7 chance of taking the House; around the time Carville spoke, that dropped to a 39.3 percent chance.

"I was a little more optimistic about Florida than it's turned out to be," Carville commented. "I think we have nail-biting in a lot of places tonight."

Former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida governor suspends Palm Beach County elections supervisor Florida governor threatens Airbnb over West Bank settlements Florida governor announces sheriff's suspension over Parkland shooting MORE (R) also pulled ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) in the race for governor of Florida around the time Carville spoke, according to The New York Times.

Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) also nudged ahead of Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonFlorida lawmaker diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Rick Scott threw party at Florida governor’s mansion after DeSantis and family had moved in: report Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida MORE (D-Fla.) in the state's Senate race by the Times's metrics.