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

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

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."

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"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."

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Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) also nudged ahead of Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-Fla.) in the state's Senate race by the Times's metrics.