Thursday, November 10, 2022 by JD Heyes
Republicans did not come close to achieving a “red wave” during Tuesday’s midterm elections though traditionally, the party in the White House — that would be Joe Biden’s Democrats — take a beating at the polls during the midterms.
By all rights, the GOP should have won the House by 30 seats and added 2-3 Senate seats to take control of the upper chamber after two years of Bidenflation, high gas and food prices, increasing rents, skyrocketing interest rates, tumbling retirement accounts, and a chaotic southwestern border. But instead, Republicans are now only narrowly projected to win the House, and they may wind up with another 50-50 tie in the Senate, leaving Democrats in control with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaking vote.
As of Wednesday morning, Republicans had lost ground in the Senate: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat who is now barely coherent and has to read a teleprompter to communicate after suffering a stroke in May, beat the Trump-backed GOP candidate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, though that race was supposed to have been a GOP pickup after Republican Sen. Pat Toomey retired.
Currently, GOP candidate Adam Laxalt is leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, so the loss to Fetterman is a wash. Also, the Trump-backed candidate in Arizona, Blake Masters, is losing significantly to Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, leaving just one race — the race in Georgia — a potential hopeful pickup if the GOP cannot win anywhere else, again making the entire midterms a wash and leaving Democrats in control.
In the Peach State, Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock could not achieve the necessary 50-percent threshold to knock off Trump-backed GOP candidate Herschel Walker, so that race is heading to a run-off election in December, according to Politico.
“Georgia’s U.S. Senate race is heading to a runoff, with neither major candidate on track to win a majority of votes. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP nominee Herschel Walker will face off again on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with the Senate majority potentially on the line for a second straight election cycle in the historically conservative bastion. Warnock was slightly ahead, with 49 percent of the vote, but Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate clears 50 percent,” Politico noted.
If Walker loses, then the Senate will be more solidly in the hands of Democrats by one vote — meaning the party would have enough votes to end the filibuster and jam through legislation that will only make inflation worse and impose a far-left cultural agenda on the country (if the GOP cannot pull out a decent victory margin in the House).
Per Conservative Brief, the race was always expected to be tight:
According to RealClearPolitics, the race is now considered a “toss-up,” with Walker holding a slight edge over Warnock, though well within all margins of error. Overall, RCP is projecting three Republican pickups, with races in Ohio and Nevada also looking strong for the GOP candidates. The analytical polling site also predicted that the Walker-Warnock race will go to a December runoff after neither candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, per Georgia law.
Prior to the election, political analytics outlet FiveThirtyEight listed the Senate as leaning Republican after projecting throughout the summer that the chamber was either a toss-up or was leaning to the Democrats. It listed Republican chances of winning the Senate at 55 in 100 versus Democrats retaining control at 45 in 100.
“Herschel Walker’s scandals may hurt his chances against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Meanwhile, Democrats are hoping to pick up a seat in Pennsylvania, but that race has gotten a lot tighter recently,” the site reported, failing to mention the numerous scandals surrounding Warnock.
“Other Senate races are competitive but have identifiable favorites. For instance, strong Democratic incumbents currently have an edge in Arizona and New Hampshire. And the Senate races in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin are also close but will likely result in Republican winners,” the outlet also added.
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