Before we get to the results, I have to point out that exit polls are not affirmative polls. Think of them like painting with broad strokes—they give an impression, but don’t have the same detail as scientific polls. That said, the early returns look good for Democrats. Trump’s approval rating is reminiscent of Obama’s before the 2010 shellacking, and what matters to the electorate are issues the Democrats have been hammering away at all year:
This one is a siren, and it's ringing for Republicans:
There’s still plenty of time to go. I began writing this twenty minutes after the first polls started closing on the east coast, so think of this like the first few minutes of a sports game. The early tremors look good, but there’s a lot left to play. Fingers crossed, folks.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.