Election Day 2022 was already poised to be unusual. In contrast to typical midterm elections, which are characterized by voter apathy and low turnout, the political polarization of the country made this election particularly heated. Issues like inflation and abortion rights polarized voters on both sides of the aisle, as did the underlying threats to the country’s democracy. Tuesday’s results generally turned out to be tighter than predicted and unexpected in some ways. As the overall fallout of the election remains to be determined, here are the top 5 takeaways so far.