In one of the positive stories about this election cycle, Republicans picked up significant gains in the many state legislatures. This comes as the GOP appears to have held the Senate and achieved additional numbers in the US House.
Democrats, after spending hundreds of millions of dollars gleaned from millionaire and billionaire ideologues within their fold, failed to flip a single statehouse chamber in its favor.
Additionally, the Progressive-controlled Democrat Party has been completely boxed out of the redistricting map-making process in the critical states of Texas, North Carolina and Florida. These states will represent a combined 82 congressional seats by 2022.
“It was a huge night for state Republicans,” said David Abrams, deputy executive director of the Republican State Leadership Committee. The RSLC focuses on electing Republicans to state offices. “Democrats spent hundreds of millions of dollars to flip state chambers,” he said. “So far, they don’t have a damn thing to show for it.”
“Democrats failed to break the GOP’s grip on state legislatures, bolstering conservative policy priorities and giving Republicans increased power leading into the crucial redistricting process in 2021.”
MAJOR wins for Republicans across the states.https://t.co/b1VkUzzGHs
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) November 6, 2020
The failure to achieve was so considerable it prompted a Democrat Legislative Campaign Committee spokeswoman to observe, “It’s clear that Trump isn’t an anchor for the Republican legislative candidates. He’s a buoy. He overperformed media expectations, Democratic and Republican expectations, and lifted legislative candidates with him.”
The expensive failure by Democrats to gain state legislature majorities put Democrats at a substantial disadvantage ahead of the redistricting that will determine the balance of power for the next decade.
Even the New York Times mourned the lost opportunity writing, “Democrats had hoped for a ‘Blue Wave’ to sweep statehouses that Republicans had controlled for years, running expensive ad campaigns and extensive get-out-the-vote efforts. But as the results came in, it became increasingly clear that they had failed on multiple fronts.”
This has led some pundits to question how, if the GOP did so well from the US Senate and House on down to the state level, it is possible that President Trump is losing to Joe Biden.