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Week in politics: As final state & national races are called, a look at how the future of Congress is shaping up




The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018 after the US Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government, with Democrats accepting a compromise spending bill.
The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018 after the US Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government, with Democrats accepting a compromise spending bill.
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Every week on Monday, AirTalk’s expert political analysts recap the headlines you might have missed over the weekend in the world of politics and look ahead to what to watch for in the week to come.

This week, some of the major state and national elections that were still in recount mode are wrapping up. Here in California, Orange County Democrat Gil Cisneros edged out Republican Young Kim by a razor-thin margin to complete a Democratic sweep of the OC Congressional seats, while at the national level longtime Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has conceded in his race with former Florida Governor Rick Scott, making both Florida Senate seats Republican-held.

Today, we’ll take a look at the future of Congress, how Republicans and Democrats might get along with the former controlling the Senate and the latter in charge of the House, update the latest on the state and national elections that were called late last week and over the weekend, and tell you what it all means to you over the next two years.

Guests:

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; he was an adviser for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and served as policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen