Total vote count was interesting last night – about 1.3M for Democrats, 1.0M for Republicans in the Senate, or 55% – 45%. So, it should be 22-18, actual looks like 21-19, pretty much in line. Percentages were about the same in the House.
I was surprised at the number of non-contested races: 23 with Democrat unopposed + 5 with a Libertarian or Independent candidate only versus 6 Republican unopposed + 2 Libertarian/Independent only. My how times have changed and the Republican gerrymander has crumbled.
Personally, I think it’s a shame that VA Beach republicans, especially DeSteph and Davis, didn’t pay a larger price for their disgraceful, unethical rat-f-ing last summer with the Shaun Brown petition scandal. At least Holcomb didn’t get back in and Stolle appears to be gone.
The implications for VA Beach will be interesting, especially in the Senate. Cosgrove, DeSteph and Kiggans are now in the minority; what will that mean for their ability to deliver?
On Hearsay today, Askew & Simonds, to their credit, said they would back the independent redistricting bill, despite Democrats now in charge for redistricting following the 2020 census.
Rather interesting watching Faux News. They all but didn’t cover the elections last night, and now seeing Trump + Pascarle trying to spin it today that somehow Trump improved Bevins numbers by 15 points is just absurd. In the end, Bevins was a bad governor and voters properly threw him out. In the last 4 years, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have all properly thrown out their ineffective Republican governors. It’s a shame that Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, SC, Oklahoma and Texas voters have chosen to rinse and repeat with ineffective Republican governors that leave their state in the bottom third in health care, education, and their economy.