On Tuesday, November 6, the American people voted for a new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives while affirming their support for an increased Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. In the 116th Congress, Democrats will end up with about a 230-205 House majority (with several races yet to be called), and Republicans will have around 52 seats in the Senate.

Democrats also made sizable gains in gubernatorial races and state legislatures, with the most exciting victory coming in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker.

Ballot measures across the country were split—liberal voting rights proposals did very well, but so did conservative anti-abortion propositions. Although there will be some run-off elections, recounts, and a ranked-choice vote redistribution (thanks, Maine!), we’ve seen enough of the 2018 election results to draw a few conclusions.

For the past year or so, most of the hype concerning this election was about the potential for a “blue wave,” which would sweep the Democrats into a majority in the House and possibly even the Senate. So did this wave materialize? At first glance, the answer appears to be no. Democrats lost seats in the Senate, and by the time Election Day rolled around, Democrats were pretty much expected to win the House—it would have taken a massive landslide for them to exceed expectations. President Trump touted a “Big Victory” for his agenda Tuesday night, and it seems that this is the case Republicans will make in the coming months.

But the data tells a different story. In the Senate, Democrats were up against a historically difficult challenge—74% of seats up for election were held by an incumbent Democrat, the highest percentage ever. In the House, Democrats will win the national popular vote by about 7%, an impressive margin of victory (although they won’t win 7% more seats than the GOP due to gerrymandering, voter suppression, and other minor factors).

In truth, the easiest takeaway one might have from this election is that it was boring and went according to plan—and that’s not wrong. In the February 2018 issue of the Point of View, I predicted that Democrats would win 231 House seats and 50 Senate seats. Nate Silver’s famous FiveThirtyEight deluxe model predicted on the day of the election that Democrats would win 229 seats in the House and 51 in the Senate. So if nothing really changed in terms of who controlled Congress, what have we learned from this utter circus of a political cycle, and what will the results mean?

In a concrete sense, the Democratic House will launch into investigations and critical measures against President Trump in an attempt to make up for the lack of accountability he’s faced for the first half of his term. The Republican Senate will have an even easier time confirming Trump’s nominees to courts and government positions.

But I’d argue that the most important thing to take away from the 2018 midterm elections is not concrete at all. The fact that this election seemed normal is somewhat abnormal. Trump is not a normal President; he’s ravaged the political norms that hold American democracy together. But his first midterm election was ordinary—the losses he suffered were quite run-of-the-mill (only one President in the past 60 years has won seats in the House at his first midterm). What if this is the new normal? The race for 2020 started on Wednesday, November 7. Will we see politicians, emboldened by Trump’s success, attempt to follow in his footsteps to the White House? It’s quite possible the answer is yes—and that’s more dangerous than anything that came out of Tuesday’s elections.