WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s understandable, with the absolute cluster that’s currently going on in the yet to be resolved presidential election, that every result of the 2020 election isn’t being covered. But while we’re glued to the TV to see what happens with the presidency, a major GOP victory is going under reported.
Instead of expanding their majority in a repudiation of Trump and the Republicans that they expected — with projections of a net gain as high as 12 seats — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats will LOSE seats. Actually, they’ll end up losing a good number of seats, such that their majority will narrow significantly.
That’s not exactly the “Blue Wave” foretold by Democrats and their friends in the media over the last several months.
Fittingly, most media networks covering these elections are hesitant to call close races one way or another. Moreover, it’s hard to find solid mainstream media coverage of the GOP gains at all.
From The Blaze:
“[…] Both Democrats and Republicans expected the Democratic House majority to expand — it didn’t. Republicans won upset victories over several Democratic incumbents and now could gain as much as 10 seats in a year the media raised the possibility they’d lose as many as 15 or more. […]
In Florida, Republicans picked off Democratic incumbents Reps. Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Shalala lost her race narrowly in the state’s 27th Congressional District in a rematch with Maria Elvira Salazar, a former television journalist.
In another rematch in New Mexico, Republican Yvette Herrell unseated Rep. Xochitl Torres (D-N.M.) in a contested race where energy policy was a major issue of the campaign. Herrell campaigned strongly on pro-oil and natural gas policies while her Democratic opponent struggled to distance herself from comments made by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden opposing fracking and promising to “transition from the oil industry.”
In South Carolina, freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham lost his race to a Republican challenger, reclaiming the 1st Congressional District for the GOP.
In a major upset, 30-year incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, lost re-election to Republican Michelle Fischbach by a double-digit margin, 53.6% to 39.8%. Peterson, 76, represented a rural part of Minnesota and over his career had a relatively moderate voting record, supporting gun rights and opposing President Donald Trump’s impeachment. President Trump carried his district in Minnesota Tuesday night.
Additionally, Democratic Reps. Max Rose (N.Y.) of Staten Island and Kendra Horn (Okla.) of Oklahoma City lost their bids for re-election. Rose refused to concede to Republican Nicole Malliotakis despite trailing her by 38,000 votes. […]”
But you know where the GOP did lost seats? North Carolina.
Though, this wasn’t so much a surprise as it was an inevitability. After holding a 10 of 13 majority in North Carolina’s congressional delegation, that majority shrank to 8 of 13 after Tuesday’s election.
It was a change in the makeup of congressional district maps in North Carolina, vestiges of the redistricting saga of past years, that gave Democrats some of their only pickups in the nation.
Democrat Kathy Manning was victorious in District 6, currently represented by Republican Mark Walker. Walker chose not to run after the map changes flipped the district from 60/40 R to 60/40 D. As such, Manning’s victory was expected.
The same for District 2, long represented by Congressman George Holding. Holding hung it up when the electorate dynamics were flipped via redistricting. His and Walker’s districts were offerings to appease the Democrats’ harangue about gerrymandering. Former Richard Burr opponent for U.S. Senate Deborah Ross was the Democrat in that 2020 race, and carried it easily.
Beyond that, Republican incumbents (+ Madison Cawthorn) held strong. The formerly contested 9th District was defended easily by Republican Dan Bishop, and no real inroads were cleared for Democrats in the other districts.
Pulling back, the national picture then looks a lot more difficult for Queen Nancy, regardless if Trump or Biden take the White House. That, together with holding the Senate, means the anticipated Blue Wave was more of a mirage, and the leverage of Republicans on Capitol Hill should be enough to keep the more extreme desires of the political Left at bay.