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."

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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."

Former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Florida lawmakers pass bill requiring parental consent for abortions, governor expected to sign Court sides with ex-felons who challenged Florida voting requirement 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 NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line MORE (D-Fla.) in the state's Senate race by the Times's metrics.