Red wave? How about red tide? The much-ballyhooed expectation that Republicans would be victorious here, there and everywhere turned into a disappointing reality for the red team. Yes, gains were made, and Democrats would do well to remember that where they held on to seats or majorities the margins were slim.

Despite having again made the wrong call on the election outcome, the polls had barely closed before the tea leaves were being read regarding what the results mean for 2024. Who will run? Who can win? Who will slip away into the shadows?

Jill Goldthwait worked for 25 years as a registered nurse at Mount Desert Island Hospital. She has served as a Bar Harbor town councilor and as an independent state senator from Hancock County.

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