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IMG_2559 States with major elections in November 2019

The election results from last night will still be rolling in for a while, but here’s a look at some of the key wins that we know about:

Kentucky

🔹In the biggest win of the night, Democrat Andy Beshear won the governor’s race, defeating Matt Bevin! Recall that Trump held a rally for Bevin the night before the election. One thing for sure, Mitch McConnell is none too happy about these results.

🔹Unfortunately, the Democrats lost the other big statewide races (Republicans flipped both the Attorney General and Secretary of State.)

Virginia

🔹The Virginia Democrats were 2 seats away from a majority in both the state Senate and the state House. Last night, we got the flips we needed and now have taken control of the legislature! The Senate is now 21-19 and the House is 54-46 for the Democrats.

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8 thoughts on “2019 Elections: The Big Results

  1. I’ve heard that McConnell and Bevin didn’t like each other, so McConnell probably didn’t shed any tears over Bevin’s loss (though he undoubtedly doesn’t like the thought of a Democratic Governor). Also, though it would be nice if Beshear’s victory signaled good implications of things to come for Dems in the South, I doubt it. Beshear had everything going for him (teachers solidly behind him, his father a popular former Governor, Bevin’s unpopularity,etc.), yet he barely won (and was probably the only Dem in the entire state who could’ve won).

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    • Yeah, that’s true; but, in a red state easily won by Trump in 2016, Bevin should’ve won. He didn’t because he opposed Medicaid expansion and allied himself with Trump, both of which will haunt Republicans next year. The shift of suburban voters was dramatic and decisive – continuing a national trend, and turnout rose sharply in the cities. This is a recipe for Democratic success in 2020 as it was in 2018.

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  2. From The Texas Tribune yesterday headlined “Election results from Texas’ largest county were delayed for hours. What happened?

    https://www.texastribune.org/2019/11/06/harris-county-election-results-were-delayed-election-day-why/

    And Robert, this sort of ‘weird’ election protocols/changes, mishaps, registration “mistakes” or “misfortunes,” etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum, happen every other year, four years, and most definitely during projected close races. Wow. Imagine that! 🤔 And who are in charge of these county voting offices directed by our Texas Secretary of State? Oh, it is none other than Republican Ruth R. Hughs, appointed by Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott, who was preceded by former Gov. Rick Perry. Who was preceded by Republican Gov. and former President George W. Bush… whose family is from Houston, TX—but really isn’t native Texan, not in the least. “And the Repub Army… goes marching along” 🎶 in Texas’ select primary counties toward Austin, TX and its Congress. 😩

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    • Politics moves slowly in Texas, but it does move. Republicans’ stubborn extremism is definitely narrowing their appeal, and they know it. From: Two versions of Texas collide over gun measures and mass shootings

      Now, Republicans who control the state are under pressure to implement gun-control measures that they’ve long spurned, ones conservatives in other states embraced following mass shootings. Continuing to ignore those calls could mean losing political power as rapid growth and accelerated diversity are defining a New Texas. Acceding to them, however, means angering what’s left of Old Texas, and the powerful gun supporters it has long accommodated.
      In 2018, Democrats flipped two suburban congressional districts, nearly ousted Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and picked up 12 seats in the Texas House, putting them just nine seats away from taking control of the chamber — a stunning possibility, considering that Texas districts have been labeled some of the most gerrymandered in the country. If Democrats succeed in retaking the Texas House in 2020, they will have more of a say in the next redistricting process in 2021.
      Six Republican congressmen have decided to retire, several of whom faced difficult, expensive reelection campaigns in 2020, and national Democratic groups already are pouring money and resources into those races.
      […]
      During the last session in the spring, Republican lawmakers with an eye to the next election avoided conservative red-meat items that other state legislatures were embracing, like dramatically cutting access to abortion. But to them, guns seemed to still be safe territory, and they approved 10 bills to make it easier for Texans to have weapons. Those laws took effect one day after the shooting in Midland and Odessa.
      Daniel Sheppard, a grass-roots coordinator who oversees Texas organizing for the NRA, said if every gun owner voted, “we would be able to have a list of 50 great pro-gun bills.” And if not enough gun owners show up, he warned, the opposite could happen.
      “If we lose a pro-gun majority in the Texas House,” he said, “we may have lost that pro-gun majority in the House for easily a decade.”
      Sheppard and others laid out the stakes of the next election.
      “All of a sudden we’re in trouble,” a man in the audience said.
      Sheppard agreed: “Texas does weigh heavily on everyone’s mind.”

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