It is possible that Donald Trump and his legal team will, somehow, reverse the so-far election results of November 3. But I think even most pro-Trump people, however tainted they feel the election was, would concede that his prospects for doing so are pretty remote.
However, if you are a Republican, there is a great deal to be celebrating.
Predictions were that Democrats would not only win back the White House, but would win a Senate majority and expand their majority in the House of Representatives.
Neither has happened:
-Currently, Republicans hold a 50-48 lead in the Senate with two runoff elections to be held in Georgia on January 5th. And you can bet that there will be intense scrutiny of how the vote is conducted and counted there – which, if we’re talking honestly, is a benefit to Republicans. The likelihood is that at least one of the two Republican incumbents, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, will win. I’m guessing both will.
-In the House of Representatives, when all the elections are called, it seems evident that Republicans, instead of losing ground, will pick up roughly 10-12 seats. That not only gives Republicans a far stronger minority position, but enables them to coalesce with moderate Democrats (who, these days, are the discarded remnants of the party) and maybe force Democrats to be less radical in their legislative efforts.
And then there are the statehouses – an under-the-radar election result that could be the most meaningful of all.
From Dylan Housman’s article at dailycaller.com, we have this:
The GOP flipped both legislative chambers in New Hampshire and the state House in Alaska while Democrats failed to regain control of a single state legislative body anywhere in the country. That means Republicans could potentially exit the 2020 cycle with majorities in 62 of the country’s 99 state legislative bodies.
Republicans previously flipped 19 state legislative chambers in 2010 and left the midterm controlling 58 of the country’s 99 state legislative bodies.
Every decade, after the new census data is collected, congressional maps are redrawn to reflect changes in state populations across the country. After 2010, Republicans were able to draw the districts for 210 seats in the House of Representatives, while Democrats were only able to draw 44. The rest were drawn either by courts, divided governments or independent commissions.
Politically, that is stunning.
It means that, while Democrats have their huge victory parties and Joe Biden sets out to reverse as much of the Trump agenda as he can, Republicans are in position to capitalize on their major statehouse gains and redistrict in a way that will have those same Democrats gnashing their teeth in anguish for the next ten years.
Taken along the probable retention of the Senate and significant gains in the House, Republicans have a lot to be celebrating this year.