Democrats pick up 40th House seat in massive rebuke of Trump and GOP
Voters sent a clear and record-breaking message of utter rejection to Republicans in the 2018 midterms.
According to NBC News, the margin of victory for Democrats in House races “smashes the previous midterms record,” which was set in 1974 after Nixon’s Watergate scandal.
Votes are still being tallied, but Democrats lead Republicans by at least 8.8 million votes, the largest vote margin ever recorded.
As Shareblue Media previously reported, the level of enthusiasm for Democrats to take control of the House dwarfs that of the 2010 midterms, when Republicans regained control.
The news comes as Democrats pick up yet another House seat. TJ Cox has defeated Republican Rep. David Valadao in California, bringing the net gain for Democrats up to 40 House seats.
Valadao’s defeat also adds further decimation to California’s Republican Party, being the seventh Republican to lose their seat this election cycle.
Democrats are welcoming a cadre of new members, which includes a record number of women, whereas the number of Republican women has decreased.
Preparations are already underway for Democrats to take over control of the House of Representatives.
California’s Nancy Pelosi won the overwhelming support of the Democratic Caucus to be House speaker in January. In fact, Pelosi received more support from her caucus this year than failed faux-wonk Speaker Paul Ryan received from Republicans a few years ago.
Democrats ran on a positive message of protecting access to affordable health care and creating a better economy for middle-class families, rather than kowtowing to the wealthy and Wall Street billionaires like Republican. And Democrats also promised to hold Trump and his unethical cabinet accountable, vowing to clean up the culture of corruption Republicans have complicity embraced.
As this final House race is called, the cataclysmic losses of Republicans across the country are coming into clearer focus.
In addition to a net gain of 40 House seats, Democrats flipped Senate seats in Nevada and Arizona, and held on to seats in deep-red states like Montana and West Virginia. With Democrats facing a daunting Senate map this cycle, the Senate went from 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats at the beginning of 2017 to 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats at the beginning of 2019.
During 2017 and 2018, Democrats flipped 393 state legislative seats and created eight new Democratic majorities, according to Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC).
Meanwhile, Republicans flipped control of zero governors’ mansions and zero state legislative chambers.
Voters overwhelmingly made their preferences known, and Democrats across the country are prepared to bring about progressive policies, from Congress to the statehouse.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Dan Desai Martin.