“It’s super clear: Voters want mainstream and they do not want extreme,” Matt Bennett, cofounder of Third Way, a centerist Democratic organization, said. “Across the board, they went with the candidate who, fairly or unfairly, was seen as the champion of moderation.”

Underscoring that message, Adam Frisch, an independent-turned-Democrat from Aspen, Colo., squeaked by a much more liberal Democrat, Sol Sandoval, by 290 votes to challenge Representative Lauren Boebert, one of the most flamboyant torchbearers of Trumpism. After running as an independent-turned-Democrat from Aspen, Colo., Mr. Frisch could pull off the biggest upset in the campaign. “pro-normal party” moderate.

“The pro-normal party had legs all across the country,” In an interview, Mr. Frisch stated this on Sunday. “People really want their representatives to play between the 30-yard lines,” Not on the extremes.

There were plenty of candidates who had connections to the left and right. Florida’s governor was Ron DeSantis. Ron DeSantis turned Miami-Dade County blue. The county hadn’t voted for a Republican governor candidate in 20 years. Governor Brian Kemp won easily re-election. Neither man is closely tied to Mr. Trump — Mr. DeSantis is often mentioned as the leading alternative for the Republican presidential nomination — but both are staunch conservatives. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, the Democrat who beat Mehmet Oz for a Senate Seat, held a number middle-of the-road positions throughout the campaign. However, he was a prominent conservative. 2016 supporter Senator Bernie Sanders has been a long-standing figure on the left.

Sarah Longwell, an anti Trump Republican strategist, would question her focus groups for months about how the country was doing. Terribly, they’d say, citing the lingering pandemic, crime and the worst inflation rate in 40 years.

“Then I’d say, ‘Who are you going to vote for, Mark Kelly or Blake Masters?’” She spoke in reference to the Arizona Democratic and Republican Senate Candidates. “And they’d say, ‘Oh, Blake Masters is insane.’”

The issue, she said, was extremism, a catchall word that encompassed the Republican drive to ban abortions, violence in American politics, the denial of election results and what felt to some voters — in Arizona and elsewhere — like a drift away from fundamental rights and democracy itself. “I just think they didn’t like these candidates,” She spoke.