The political team at NBC News' First Read blog came up with 11 midterm lessons. Among them: The Democrats and Team Obama have a problem in the Big 10 states. Rich candidates don't make winning candidates. There was no real mandate on health care (in exit polls, 48 percent said the reform law should be repealed while 47 percent said it should be left alone or expanded). The candidates Sarah Palin endorsed had a mixed record. Democrats had a turnout problem. And "the GOP now has more diversity," given the successes of Nevada Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval, New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez, Sen.-elect Marco Rubio in Florida and congressmen-elect Allen West of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina (both African-Americans). First Read noted: "A party that didn't have a 21st century America bench now has one."