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The Biggest Factor No One is Talking About

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Berman

The 2022 midterms were not the national “Red Wave” many in both parties expected, but neither were they any sort of “Blue Wave.”

In fact, there are indications that while solid red states got redder, and solid blue states got redder, many purple state voters turned out seemingly to keep their state governments from one-party rule of any sort.

While it will take weeks or even months to reach full conclusions about how each party fared this November, one way of understanding this potential trend is by looking at the role of incumbency – and whether Republican or Democrat, incumbents faired exceptionally well.

At the heart of that pattern is one of the greatest differences between the last midterm cycle in 2018 and 2022. In 2018, 21 of 36 gubernatorial races, and 26 of 35 Senate races featured incumbents. Of those incumbents, six lost – one governor and five Senators. By contrast, in 2022, 29 of 36 gubernatorial elections featured incumbents and only one, Democrat Steve Sisolak in Nevada, lost, and that was by a margin of less than 2%. In turn, not a single incumbent Senator of either party was defeated.

There is, as we will see, a clear correlation between incumbency and the outcome of key races. Incumbents tended to win. But not all incumbents won by the same margins. Here is where another interesting pattern occurs. Republican incumbent governors, almost across the board, did much better than in 2018, especially in “red states.” Democrats, however, were a mixed bag. In “purple states,” Democratic incumbents did much better than in 2018. In safe Democratic states, however, incumbents generally did worse, but open-seat Democratic candidates much better.

That pattern becomes clear if we divide the nation’s states into three loose categories: “red states,” “purple states,” and “blue states.” “Red states” can be defined loosely as those in which Republicans enjoyed uncontested control of the state government, including the governorship and both houses of the legislature, and this control was not in serious question in 2022. The only relevant issue on the ballot was federal representation. Blue states are those where Democrats enjoyed unfettered control of state government, and where it was generally assumed this would not change no matter what happened this past week. That leaves the “purple states,” those with split control between a legislature (generally Republican), and a governor (generally a Democrat) of the opposite party, or where there was a substantial likelihood that control could shift from one party to another. That would mean that it was widely perceived that there was a real possibility that the Republican Party could take control of the entire state government in 2022.

Perception is important. Both Florida and Texas were safe Republican states, but Democratic voters perceived, wrongly, that Beto O’Rourke had a chance (making it a “purple state” in their minds at least), whereas few Democrats in Florida believed there was any chance to defeat Ron DeSantis. Equally, with hindsight, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington were likely safe Democratic states, but polling created the impression that the GOP was competitive, and in the case of Oregon could potentially win not just the governorship, but the legislature.

A rough classification of the country will produce the following (in the minds of the states’ voters if not in fact):

Red States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky,  Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming

Purple States: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin

Blue States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island

Let’s take a look at the 2018 and 2022 results for the gubernatorial races in the red states. While there are variations in how seriously contested they were, with a few exceptions it did not matter. Democrats did not seriously expect to win the governorship in Idaho, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Tennessee in 2018, and both analysts and pollsters believed they had a serious shot this year in Oklahoma and South Dakota, while they ran a former congressman in South Carolina. It did not make a difference. Democrats crashed to historic lows.

(In states without a governor’s race I have used a Senate contest if one is available with an *. If none was available I used the most recent, marked with ***.)

State2018 Governor or Senate* Margin2022 Governor or Senate* Margin
Alabama59-41% R-incumbent67%-29% R-incumbent
Arkansas65%-32% R-incumbent63%-35% R
Florida49%-49% R59%-40% R-incumbent
Idaho60%-38% R61%-20% R-incumbent
Iowa51%-47% R-incumbent58%-40% R-incumbent
Louisiana61%-35% R- incumbent63%-35% R* incumbent
Kentucky59%-38%*** R-incumbent62%-38% R-incumbent
Nebraska59%-41% R- incumbent61%-36% R
Oklahoma54%-42% R55%-42% R-incumbent
North Dakota56%-44% R* D-incumbent56%-25% R-incumbent *
Ohio50%-46% R63%-37% R-incumbent
South Carolina54%-46% R-incumbent58%-41% R-incumbent
South Dakota51%-47% R62%-35% R-incumbent
Tennessee60%-39% R65%-33% R-incumbent
Wyoming67%-27% R74%-16% R-incumbent

While the shift varies, states where Democrats put up respectable showings in hopeless races (Alabama, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Tennessee) saw their support collapse between 2018 and 2022, often by as much as 10%. States where Democrats made desperate last stands in 2018 and failed to prevent them from slipping away into “red state” status, including Florida, Iowa, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota, ceased to even be competitive. The Democratic collapse continued down ballot in most, with Democrats losing seats in the legislatures of all of these states, as well as two of their three remaining statewide incumbents and their only remaining member of congress in Iowa. In these states, where control was not at stake, the voters did not surprise.

It is, however, the “purple states” where the upset of the election took place.

State2018 Governor or Senate* Margin2022 Governor or Senate* Margin
Alaska54-44% R51%-25% R-incumbent
Arizona56%-41% R-incumbent51%-49% D
Colorado53%-43% D57%-40% D-incumbent
Georgia50%-48% R53%-46% R-incumbent
Kansas49%-47% D49%-48% D-incumbent
Maine51%-43% D56%-43% D-incumbent
Michigan61%-35% R55%-44% D-incumbent
Minnesota54%-42% D52%-45% D- incumbent
New Hampshire52%-46% R- incumbent57%-42% R- incumbent
Nevada50%-46% D49%-47% R D-incumbent
New Mexico56%-44% R*52%- 46% D- incumbent
Oregon50%-44% D- incumbent47%-43% D
Pennsylvania58%-41% D- incumbent56%-42% D
Texas57%-42% R- incumbent55%-44% R- incumbent
Washington58%-42%* D- incumbent56%-44%* D- incumbent
Wisconsin49%-48% D R- incumbent51%-48% D- incumbent

The first thing that stands out is how many more incumbents there were in 2022 versus 2018. Incumbents were relatively rare in 2018, but mostly performed well. In Arizona, incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey won reelection by 15% even while Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won the Senate race by a 4% margin. Only one incumbent Governor was defeated in 2018, Republican Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and that by less than a percentage point.

In turn, there were a whole lot more incumbents of both parties around in 2022 than in 2018. What this meant is that most of the “purple” states which had Democratic incumbents were exactly those where Democrats outperformed. In turn, being a Republican incumbent helped, albeit seemingly less so in “purple states” where Brian Kemp enjoyed a net 2% swing in his reelection race, but Greg Abbott saw the same swing against him in Texas.

What is striking when we bring in “blue states” is how this incumbency advantage became something of a mixed blessing.

State2018 Governor or Senate* Margin2022 Governor or Senate* Margin
California62%-38% D- incumbent59%-41% D- incumbent
Connecticut49%-46% D56%-43% D- incumbent
Hawaii63%-34% D- incumbent63%-37% D
Illinois55%-39% R- incumbent54%-43% D-incumbent
Maryland55%-44% R- incumbent62%-35% D
Massachusetts67%-33% R- incumbent63%-35% D
New York60%-36% D- incumbent53%-47% D- incumbent
Rhode Island53%-37% D- incumbent58%-39% D- incumbent
Vermont55%-40% R- incumbent71%-24% R- incumbent

The first obvious standout is the strong performance of Republican incumbents in “blue states”. Almost by definition any Republican who won election in such a state was relatively strong. In turn, the absence of a Republican incumbent in Maryland and Massachusetts hurt the GOP badly. But beyond that, Democratic incumbents did not receive uniform benefits. In Rhode Island, it was a wash, perhaps because the Democratic “incumbent” in 2022 was the lieutenant governor who succeeded when his predecessor was appointed to the cabinet, and had never won election in his own right. Elsewhere, Democratic incumbency proved to be a liability. In California, Illinois, and New York, Democrats did worse in 2022 than in 2018.

How do we reconcile this data? Perhaps the answer lies in the role of Democratic governors in “purple states?” In those states, the elections were not just about the governorship, or who voters would prefer, but also who would control the entire state. In a number of states, including Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin, “abortion” was on the ballot insofar as all three states had pre-Roe total or near total bans on abortion that Democratic governors were refusing to enforce, but their Republican opponents pledged to allow to go into effect. In “red states” the elections would make little difference to the legal status of abortion, nor would a loss by Gavin Newsom or Kathy Hochul have led to a change in its legal status with heavily Democratic legislatures. But in Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin it could have been the difference between near total bans.

The influence of abortion as a single issue should not be overplayed. It is one of many. But the evidence is that when faced with a choice for divided or united government, many voters did not act as if Biden and the Democrats actually enjoyed united government to an extent requiring a check. Perhaps the very disorganization of national Democrats aided them here, as did the perception that conservatives already wielded institutional power through the courts and filibuster. Combined with the extent to which legislation over the past two years has been driven at the state level, a large portion of voters seem to have concluded that the more important place to defend divided government was at the state level.

Furthermore, control of a given state being in the balance made ideology more important than governance. In New York, the abject failure of governance in New York City was the only issue, as the ideological orientation of the state was not at stake. In Michigan, by contrast, the competence of Whitmer became less important than what her Republican opponents would do. Whether Whitmer executed her agenda incompetently was beside the point.

One conclusion that can be drawn by the strong performance of GOP incumbents everywhere, and the poor performance of Democrats in safe states of both blue and red hue is that the GOP wins when its elected officials focus on governance issues. The only place where Democrats overperformed tended to be where the GOP spent the last four years battling for political power rather than governing. This implies that good government and ideas for good government must come first. Because the evidence from New York and Alabama alike indicates when the GOP just focuses on who can better govern rather than who should rule, they do well.

Beyond that, we should be hesitant to read any sort of endorsement of Joe Biden into the data. Only one incumbent governor or Senator lost this year. There just happened to be a whole lot more incumbents around.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.  


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Jannine
2 months ago

Wow – the author of this article had to do a LOT of work in order to avoid saying our elections are stolen and now so is our method of elections.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago

Perhaps there was a red wave just election fraud kept it from being seen. Democrats have proved they are excellent at cheating. Places where baby killing may have been the difference just proves how evil people of this country have become and they shall be punished for it which means more Marxist rule no matter how it is achieved.

Dread
2 months ago

You split 50 states into three categories that total 39 states. Wow! With that kind of modern math I’m sure I won’t be able to follow the rest of your logic.

Don Reid
2 months ago

Paper ballots. Same day voting, must request vote by mail to receive. Not not just mass mail out ballots. receive mail ins by election day for them to Count. Count them first and publish when the polls close. Voter ID so only those supposed to vote actually vote. Is that really that complicated? Fla counted more votes than Az and Nev COMBINED in 3 hours. Only those wanting to rig/cheat/steal should have a problem with this.

Don Reid
2 months ago

Here’s what’s strange. We know Other “handlers” write the speeches Biden simply reads. Was it a “Freudian slip” or did the Biden team already know something before the election, when Biden spent the days leading up to the election warning about “election deniers”? Question: if all experts expect a major Red wave, a 52)48-ish Senate, 240/195 – House, where is the logic in PRE-EMPTIVELY warning people to accept the results without questioning them? Riddle me that one…????

Thomas Wuthrich
2 months ago

Following the 8 November election, Michigan has a Democrat governor, a Democrat Sec of State, a Democrat AG (all three of whom were incumbents), plus a Democrat state senate, a Democrat state house and a Democrat state supreme court. Given their ability, now, to tailor election laws to favor Democrats, it’s hard to imagine Republicans ever again being elected to positions of power in this state. Did I mention that both of Michigan’s US senators are also…Democrats? We are on the way to becoming “California on the Great Lakes.”

Letts Brandon
2 months ago

Yes we are. I don’t want to move but I think it has to be considered.

Jannine
2 months ago

Man – Michigan got really screwed this mid term. I have a really hard time believe that Witchmer got re-elected.

Moses
2 months ago

MOVE, it is worth it. Go south to God’s country. But don’t bring those democratic ways with you, Republicans only.

GTPATRIOT
2 months ago

Another election “denier” article by AMAC. The Repubs had their
a____s__es kicked on Nov 8. Just suck it up. If the Repubs use their 2022 “game
plan” (which wasn’t a plan) in 2024, they will lose 100 House seats.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  GTPATRIOT

There was no election to deny. An appointment by the Marxist party is what’s going on now.

Peter
2 months ago
Reply to  GTPATRIOT

No just more election theft by the Democrats, RINOs, Media, Big Tech and foreign bribes. Trump Won Election 2020! Goldwater won Election 1964! Trump 2024!

Marc Ziegler
2 months ago

This is too confusing for me, I pine for the days when we knew who to vote for in an election, and one that was determined in on day, where elections did not go on for months! Politics has become a corrupt business, were politicians look out for themselves, only to make money and do the least for who elected them. Populism has changed that a little. People rag on Trump for being to blunt at time, but he was one of the first Presidents, in modern times, to say what he was going to do and really did it with little exceptions. We got to go back to the times when lying is not on the agenda and the elections are fair!!

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc Ziegler

And unicorns magically heal the wounded.

Jannine
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc Ziegler

I’ll tell you, I don’t even know if I will vote anymore. I live in a solid blue state, what is the point? Frankly, the republican party has turned into, largely, a Rino party. I can’t stand Rinos as much as I can’t stand lefties.

Ralph S. Turk
2 months ago

I guess Montana is no longer a state or at least the Control function can not find it.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Ralph S. Turk

Sold it to Canada last month.

Gillian
2 months ago

I disagree that the “biggest factor” is “the role of incumbency.” The biggest factor – by orders of magnitude – is ELECTION THEFT!

net
2 months ago
Reply to  Gillian

I lean to the right and prefer right center candidates. The United States is a right center nation. There was no election theft. Trump bought the republican party and is destroying it from within. It’s sad that you buy Trump’s lies and would rather have a civil war than a prosperous nation.

rifleman
2 months ago
Reply to  net

Trump’s policies made this a prosperous nation. The Democrat policies are destroying it.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  net

The Republican party needs to be destroyed from the inside where the members of CFR an WEC reside. When President Trump was in office we were prosperous, unless you are a prosperity denier.

Sharon Ormsby
2 months ago

We voted to keep abortion illegal in Texas and kept our state red.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

Are the Texas Dems complaining that your election was rigged ?

Stacy Stone
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Well there was a Democrat who was removed in July 2022 from HarrisCounty in Houston,Texas for Election Fraud and did I forget to say she was in charged for Harris County Elections? Kinda not exactly accurate but enough to show Irregularities happened that never should have happened???? thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/597446-texas-county-elections-chief-resigns-over-botched-primaryAgain Texas had many issues in Harris County but also in Dallas,TX but because of a Bush Texas Judge Scott Walker(TX) in a very important position that’s in a secretTX Supreme Court that rules on issues without informing officials or Texans that has now been able to stop Texas Attorney General’s from doing their Jobs like will no longer be able to go after Election Fraud. Ruled on Dec 18 2021 Bush is a loser!!

Lee M
2 months ago

Michigan will now be forever blue. Not only did the state legislature turn blue for the first time since 1984, the “electorate” voted in 3 proposals, one of which dooms the state to drop its voter ID laws and enshrines mail-in voting with virtually NO accountability. In fact, I will vote here in Indiana using my resident address, but sure as hell I will have a mailbox in Michigan to which a ballot will be sent, one that I did not request nor want. But you can bet, that ballot will be voted. When in Rome……

Barrett Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Lee M

I had thoughts of retiring to the TC area, but no more.

Phil M
2 months ago
Reply to  Barrett Smith

I agree with you, Barrett, and Lee, as well. With this election, Michigan has become another California or Illinois. My wife and I HAVE retired in Michigan, and the Traverse City area IS really nice. It will take a few years, but we now plan to wind up stuff here and eventually move to a less tyrannical state. We can always vacation in TC, just like we sometimes have vacationed in Califoria.

David
2 months ago
Reply to  Lee M

My wife has two more years until she retires. When that happens all I want to see is Michigan in my rear view mirror. What a pathetic state we have become!

net
2 months ago
Reply to  Lee M

Michigan would be purplish red today if the republicans had nominated good candidates like Reagan. Instead the republicans nominated bad candidates who lost easily winnable races.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  Lee M

Another fact is Lansing has never seen a taxation they didn’t like.

KDESQ
2 months ago

Nice article, but way too complicated for most voters. Name recognition and down right brain washing through “news”, ads, lies from government are the main reasons. Along with, here in AZ, a badly corrupted election apparatus in Maricopa county.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  KDESQ

And in Arizona, it’s the GOP that has seemingly dropped the ball.

In the past 40 years, Democrats have not once completely controlled state government. There have been a few Democratic governors. And there were times when the Legislature was fairly closely divided. But Republicans always had the upper hand.

What is the hold-up with the GOP getting Arizona fixed ?

Bassplayer
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Lots of people from California have moved there.

net
2 months ago
Reply to  KDESQ

There is no badly corrupted election apparatus. Karrin Taylor Robson would have easily won the general election for governor if she was nominated, but republicans chose a horrible candidate and the democrat won. How about republicans nominate better candidates next time rather than blame others? I lean right am sad to what is happening to my party.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  net

A lot of you are blaming Republicans for nominating bad candidates. RINO’S are not good candidates.

johnh
2 months ago

I do not think Biden or Trump had a positive spin on election, as exit polls showed disapproval ratings of 56% for both of them. Approval rate for both is low 43% and this says voters want some new people at the top of the two parties in next election & this also shows the divided country at this time.

Elton Yancey
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Start by getting rid of Mitch and get a conservative as Speaker of the House. Jim Jordan would be great.

net
2 months ago
Reply to  Elton Yancey

That’s a very poor strategy which would guarantee democratic control.

Fed-up & Fired-up
2 months ago
Reply to  net

You seem to oppose anything that would help conservatives. I don’t believe you are who you say you are.

Nick Patriot
2 months ago

Pennsylvania, home of the most ballot drop boxes, is now forever blue. The freeloading crowd just elected the first mentally retarded senator. He will soon be fulfilling his promise to empty the prisons of felons. Into the suburbs, no doubt, as Obama wanted it! Public housing will come to the suburbs! Bringing the crime, drugs carjackings and shootings, like in Philadelphia, with it! But don’t worry, you will still be able to have a third trimester abortion. Thanks democrats and communists!!

John Wedgwood Golden
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick Patriot

Salvation of our Republic now rests totally in the HOUSE ! Assuming we get the magic “218 ” ? All TRUMP REPUBLICANS must back our House , only if it investigates the CCP for the China Virus and our corrupted F.B.I !

MariaRose
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick Patriot

Well, those voters will reap what they voted for and whatever happens when the felons are let loose they can either try to use, we must be sensitive to their needs argument, and accept the high crime on the streets, or they will be facing strong opposition from those actually affected by the criminal activities. Hiding behind security walls while the regular people suffer only works so far for those who have no idea of dealing with real life. When it actually affects their personal space will they realize the fallacy of their actions?

net
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick Patriot

Pennsylvania can be red again if they nominate republicans who are willing to work with democrats. Stop nominating Trump clones and republicans will win.

Fed-up & Fired-up
2 months ago
Reply to  net

I rest my case “net”!

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  net

So your saying as long as Republicans are democrats you’ll vote for them. We see who you are.

Jannine
2 months ago
Reply to  Nick Patriot

It’s staggering to the imagination that Fetterman won. I’m sorry, I think PA was robbed.

Lawrence Greenberg
2 months ago

There are almost no articles on the elections of last Tuesday that want to address the elephant in the room: FRAUD. Although the Democrats have been engaging in voter registration and election fraud for more than 150 years (yes, you read that right), the phony “pandemic” of 2020 enabled them to create the circumstances that would allow fraud to be successful on a massive scale so they could steal the November 2020 elections. And the feckless Republicans, who cannot but have known full well that the massively successful fraud of November 2020 was surely going to be used again in November 2022, did next to nothing to stop it. As far as I can see, the only states that made any efforts to improve voting integrity since the November 2020 elections were Florida, Texas, and to some extent, Georgia. It was virtually inevitable that the Democrats would steal most of the elections yet again. Do the Republicans WANT to lose and see this country go down the drain?

anna hubert
2 months ago

You’ve said the obvious Unless the problems with cheating are addressed and fixed democrats will “win” every time.We also have a new generation of voter brought up brain washed and “educated” by the teachers union that has dems in it’s pocket They’ve produced a new cadre of voter that seems to be hell bent on fixing what ain’t broke

PaulE
2 months ago

To answer your question at the end, the RINO establishment wing of the Republican party could care less about the fate of the country. Their only real concern is maintaining their seats at the table, so they don’t have to be in the soup like the rest of us. I’ve seen more energy and activity from both McCarthy and McConnell is the last 5 days over ensuring they maintain their leadership roles in Congress, than either man showed during the entire midterm campaign season.

Lawrence Greenberg
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Sadly, you are correct.

Elton Yancey
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

The first two that need to go.

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

People like McConnell personify the old saying, “I’d rather rule in Hell, than serve in Heaven!”

net
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

WTF is a RINO? Is that a republican who hasn’t pledged their allegiance to Trump. Guess I’m a RINO then.

Fed-up & Fired-up
2 months ago
Reply to  net

Yes “nut”, you are a freaking RINO- the biggest and oldest problem is McConnell. He’s been there so long, like the rest of ” The Swamp”, there’s no telling what the democrats have on him. Nothing ever gets done because they know all the skeletons in each others closests. They tried like hell to find something on Trump and his family–NOTHING! Do you think MM and your fellow RINO’S could withstand such scrutiny? I doubt it.

Susan London
2 months ago
Reply to  net

A RINO is a Republican in name only!

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  Susan London

In my opinion, Ronald Reagan is the best POTUS in my lifetime & I listened to a person that said “Reagan would be called a RINO today by this party” as the Republican party has changed that much since his time in White House. I pray that another Reagan will show up in this party someday.

net
2 months ago

That’s because there wasn’t fraud. Republicans nominated poor candidates who were loyal to Trump rather than America. Republicans who were not loyal to Trump fared much better.

Fed-up & Fired-up
2 months ago
Reply to  net

You have no idea what you are talking about “Liz”, I imagine you supported Trump’s multiple impeachments also. Go burn down another city with your antifa and blm allies! Pathetic attempt at trying to sway Republican voters to vote for rino’s/Democratic. Get a life WTF!

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  net

Agree, some exit polls indicate that some voters went against candidates backed by Trump or because they were election deniers.

Peter
2 months ago
Reply to  net

President Trump has a 98% winning percentage on his endorsements! Mitch McConnell and other RINOs colluded with Democrats, media, Big Tech etc tells me Election Theft!

Joe Rea
2 months ago

Your definition of a purple state is difficult to comprehend. Pennsylvania is a blue state. 2 Liberal pro abortion Senators and a pro abortion liberal governor. Ditto Michigan and Arizona. Yes Republicans ran well in Texas and Florida but this election is a disaster for the Republicans and for the country. In 2024 we will have todays 16 and 17 year olds join the 18-29 year old as the most liberal pro abortion voting block in the history of America. At the same time older more conservative voters are dying off. The Republican should have picked up 5-8 more House Seats and 3 or 4 more Senate seats this cycle . The fact that voters preferred more Democrats after 2 years of economic and foreign policy disasters mean they will keep the Democrats in power no matter what. I appreciate that you want to find a silver lining but it is only silver plated. The fact that Arizona( the State that gave us Barry Goldwater ) have become so strongly pro Democrat indicates what happens when the Demographics change a state.

KDESQ
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe Rea

AZ has two dem senators and now,apparently, a dem governor, but it looks like the Republicans will retain control of both houses of the state legislature. Sadly my state has turned purple because of the cheating for sure, but we have had so many brain dead liberals from California move they have certainly moved things left. They are too stupid to understand they are the reason their sate they left is the way it is because of their voting pattern. So, obviously, let’s make sure we ruin another state.

net
2 months ago
Reply to  KDESQ

Your state is purple because it’s a purple state. It’s pathetic that you blame not existent cheating. How about nominating better candidates ?

Fed-up & Fired-up
2 months ago
Reply to  net

How about getting your head out of your “third point of contact”? Any Paratrooper can describe it to you if you don’t understand!

Fed-up & Fired-up
2 months ago
Reply to  KDESQ

Same thing happened in North Carolina, so many damn liberal North Easterners, particular NY, have moved here, you hear more NY accent’s than Southern. There is not one Caucasian on the city council that was born in North Carolina, much less Durham. They control everything–have managed to bring back racism, only in some kind of sick form of revenge.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  KDESQ

The left does not understand that their policy’s are causing the problems they dislike because the left wing media and politicians tell them it’s not so, and they believe anything the left tells them. Of course it doesn’t help that throughout history the Republicans have done very little to stop left wing ideology. They only get there a little slower. CFR and WEF members in the Republican party are not conservatives. But they are RINO’s who support one world government.

net
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe Rea

States that are not dominated by one party are purple states. Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan are examples.
New York and Massachusetts are blue states.
Oklahoma and Alabama are red states.
It’s not that hard.

Letts Brandon
2 months ago
Reply to  net

The fact that you think Michigan is still purple show how incorrect your thinking is.

Diane M Cossin
2 months ago

You need to check your article. The state of Missouri is NOT in it! Makes me wonder just how accurate it is.

sdgorton
2 months ago

You all are so gullible, the demoncrats, elitists, tech lords, & China have already taken over our elections. Wake up look at the results, the demoncrats will keep control pf the senate and before its all done with the cheating, changing votes , & buying off the election tabulators, the demoncrats will probably keep control of the house. The evil filthy bottom feeding Marxist liberals have control & will never relinquish again!!!!!

Luke
2 months ago
Reply to  sdgorton

I tend to believe this also. Evidence of this continues in Alaska, Arizona, Nevada and other states where votes are so slowly counted…. this benefits democrats, fascists and socialists…while destroying confidence in the electoral system – a CCP tactic. A ‘real’ president would take notice of this and start an investigation. As it is, the administration is doing nothing. Zero confidence in the electoral system. The 240-year experiment in ‘democracy’ is circling the drain.

net
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke

That is false, but you have pledged your allegiance to Trump so you will believe anything he says. Republicans could have had a wave election if you nominated better candidates. Instead loyalty to Trump mattered more than solving actual problems.

Fed-up & Fired-up
2 months ago
Reply to  net

Booooo!!!!!

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  sdgorton

Wow, and I assume that you did not vote as you are so negative against our US elections today. By the way, you are only giving votes to other side with this attitude.

Debbi Reynard
2 months ago

Missouri isn’t listed but we are a RED state!????????

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