As results continue to trickle in, Republicans should face the facts. The midterm elections were much worse for the GOP than they thought.
Trump’s Toxicity for California GOP.
- California’s GOP House contingent is on track to get down to single digits for the first time in modern history. Republicans suffered four major House losses (including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s seat in CA-48), and it looks like they’re on track to lose at least three more.
Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania Turn Hard Against Trump.
- In Pennsylvania, Democrats in the state Senate flipped at least five seats and ended a GOP supermajority, along with another 11 seats in the state House.
- Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated her Republican gubernatorial opponent in Michigan by nearly 10 points. Candidates who aligned themselves with Trump didn’t fare well in the state.
Huge Victories Against GOP Map-Rigging.
- A big part of why taking back the House was so hard was the district maps rigged by Republican gerrymandering in 2010. With significant Democratic midterm victories in statehouses across the country, the GOP will have a hard time getting away with it again in 2020.
- To effectively gerrymander, it requires the state legislature and the governor; Democrats broke up Republican monopolies in several key gerrymandering states.
Republicans tried their best to control the narrative in the wake of the midterms and diminish Democrats’ wins across the board.