What the Midterm Results Mean for Republicans
The Midterm election results were far from a blue wave. The Democrats predictably gained control of the House of Representatives, and the Republicans kept the Senate. There are an equal number of races that benefited both parties, but the Republicans prevailed in many swing, red, and even blue state races.
Photo: MerleFM | Sen. Marsha Blackburn at her victory speech 11/6/1
In the Florida gubernatorial race, Ron DeSantis (R) beat Andrew Gillum (D) despite all the false accusations of racism against him. In Ohio, Mike DeWine (R) beat Richard Cordray (D), and in Georgia, Republican Brian Kemp will most likely win against Democrat Stacey Abrams, although there are current calls for a recount.
The two most popular Governors in the country Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Larry Hogan (R-MD) both won reelection, despite the states they govern being heavily blue.
In the Senatorial races, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Rick Scott (R-FL) all won against their Democratic opponents in heavily contested races. But in Nevada, Democrat Jacky Rosen beat Republican Dean Heller in another close race. Over all, the Republicans were very successful in the upper house.
Although the Republicans failed to retain the lower House, the Democrats have so far gained a net of 27 seats, which gives them a 2-seat majority. The Democrats could possibly see another 9 seats added in the future, as some elections are still being counted.
Where was the "blue wave"?
President Trump is the third President in 100 years to see a gain in the Senate but a loss in the House. But why didn’t the Republicans see a greater defeat overall? The short answer? Donald Trump. The long answer? A rejection of both the radical left and anti-Trump Republicans.
In this midterm election, rural voters were the ones who helped the Republican senators win over the Democrats in the highly contested races. Moreover, all the Anti-Kavanaugh Republicans in the Senate ended up losing, and the majority of the Republicans who lost their House seats were not in line with the Trump agenda.
These congressional Republicans were weak on immigration and were far too moderate to ever help President Trump in a substantial manner. One can even argue that this defeat ultimately helps the doctrine of Trumpism.
In regard to the left, the defeat of Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Andrew Gillum (D-FL), and Stacy Abrams (D-GA) shows that the American People ultimately reject socialist policies on a widespread basis. Yes, these races were close, with the difference only being around 1-2 points, but these candidates still lost. With all the Hollywood and Democratic elite supporting these candidates, one would think that a blue wave of support for them would wipe out the Republicans— but the exact opposite was true.
Yes, Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) won by a huge margin in New York’s 14th Congressional district (around 78% of the vote), but this small and heavily blue district is not representative of any large swath of this country. It would be wiser to look at states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, and even Ohio for a good consensus on radical left policies.
What Happens to Conservative Policy?
What do the midterms mean in terms of policy? There might be endless and unnecessary investigations into the President by Democratic House Committees, but there is nothing the President and/or the GOP cannot handle. As for the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that one of their main focuses will rightly be on Judicial Appointments. These appointments will outlive this current Administration and should be a top priority for the upper house.
As for the border wall and immigration? That platform is most likely done for— at least in Trump’s first term. If he wins reelection, it is quite possible immigration could be on the table again; but with all the years it will take to build a southern border wall, a future Democratic president could easily defund the project if their party wins.
Overall, Republicans should be very satisfied with the results, as it could be much, much worse.
The views expressed in this article are the author's own.
Keyden Smith-Herold is the Chief Editor
of Freedomists (freedomists.us)
and the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical,
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