MAGIC MUSHROOMS, STATEHOUSE FLIP-FLOPS AND OTHER ELECTION STUNNERS
The 2020 election brought quite a few surprises… Many of which had nothing to do with Biden or Trump.
Let’s start with the “blue wave” that wasn’t...
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It was Republicans who turned the tables. In New Hampshire, for instance, Republicans picked up majorities in legislature... and the governor was reelected, solidifying the GOP trifecta. In Montana, after 16 years of a Democrat occupying the governor’s mansion, Republican Greg Gianforte handily beat his opponent. In Texas – the holy grail for Democrats year after year – the Party failed to pick up a single House seat.
With redistricting right around the corner, Democrats were hoping that there would be yuge momentum on their side to flip a few statehouses or at least make substantial gains in legislative chambers across the country. After all, the party in power maps out the district boundaries for congressional and statewide races. This exercise, as Politico noted, will determine “the balance of power for the next decade” – so kind of a big deal. Yet rather than getting the opportunity to brush up on their cartography, Democrats did not flip a single statehouse... not one.
By Jason Mattera
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