Whatever you thought about individual candidates or races, if you’re a fan of good government, you can’t be too sad about Tuesday’s election results.

First of all, there’s the number of people who voted. In North Carolina, some 3.7 million cast ballots in combined totals from early voting and Election Day. That’s a turnout of more than 52 percent of registered voters and an increase of more than 770,000 over the 2014 midterms when about 44 percent of the state’s electorate turned out.

Davidson County saw an even bigger percentage jump in voter turnout, from 41.5 percent in 2014, when about 43,300 people voted to 51.6 percent this year with about 56,300 casting ballots.

That in itself is cause for celebration. The fact that people who voted Tuesday morning braved foul weather and that long lines at some polling places failed to deter others throughout the day makes it even better.

But that’s not all. Tuesday’s elections saw voters take away a single party’s death grip on government at the state and national levels.

No Democrats won locally. Truth is, they never really stood much of a chance here. But enough of them did win across the state and nation to break the Republican Party’s supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly and its unlimited control of the federal government in Washington.

In Raleigh, that means the GOP’s majority will no longer be able to push through any legislation it wants knowing that if the governor – in this case Democrat Roy Cooper – opposes it, the party has the numbers to override all his vetoes. The Republicans still have majorities in the North Carolina House and Senate but maybe, just maybe, this election’s results will force them to consider compromising on issues important to all North Carolinians.

Likewise in Washington, Democrats wrestling control of the House of Representatives from Republicans will, we hope, lead to a more cooperative and civil environment as they work with the GOP-majority Senate and President Donald Trump. That may seem like wishful thinking after the past few years, but it’s what many Democratic candidates said they wanted during the campaign, so we’ll see.

We’ll also see how Democrats with committee gavels handle their duty to provide oversight of President Trump and the executive branch. It’s a crucial role in our government and one that’s arguably been lacking the past two years. We hope they take it seriously and investigate any issues that need to be investigated but resist what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a press conference Wednesday, called “presidential harassment.” McConnell admitted Republicans “tried it in the late '90s. We impeached President Clinton. His numbers went up and ours went down and we underperformed in the next election."

We hope Tuesday’s winners and losers, regardless of party, aren’t already thinking about the next election – as unlikely as that seems – and are instead focused on finding common ground and working together to make life better for all North Carolinians and all Americans.

At least, if they really want to make us happy about Tuesday’s election results, that’s what they’ll do.