November 21, 2020

While the presidential race is spinning into surreal territory, the down ballot races are getting less attention, but they carry serious national implications as well. For instance, there was the “blue wave” that didn’t appear (Republicans were supposed to lose House seats, not retain and flip so many that they came close to retaking the majority, which AOC apparently thought they did.)

Another monumental story that’s been largely overlooked was the election results for state legislatures, where redistricting lines will be drawn that will shape the House for the next decade. Democrats were salivating over grabbing that power, but Nate Silver at points out that not only did Democrats not flip a single state legislative chamber, Republicans shocked them by flipping both the House and Senate in New Hampshire. Now Republicans have a huge advantage over redistricting. He wrote:

“Republicans are set to control the redistricting of 188 congressional seats — or 43 percent of the entire House of Representatives. By contrast, Democrats will control the redistricting of, at most, 73 seats, or 17 percent.”

Of course, legislators aren’t supposed to draw districts to their parties’ advantage, but it happens. That’s how we get Congressional districts that look like a chalk outline drawn around a dead centipede. When Republicans do it, it’s called “gerrymandering,” and when Democrats do it, it’s called “fairness.”

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  • Edward Garrity sr.

    11/22/2020 11:51 AM

    did the nazi party in 1936 to1939 do the same thing as whats going on today here asking for friend

  • Elizabeth

    11/22/2020 07:43 AM

    It should be quite clear by the people voting in republicans into office that president Trump would have been another republican voted back in also. The American people are sick and tired of the democrats bs we will NOT accept Joe Biden as our president and we will start demanding to impeach from the moment he is sworn in if he gets sworn in. He is corrupt and he puts the United States in danger.

  • Jenni Knowles

    11/22/2020 12:42 AM

    Why aren’t they checking down ballot as well? Do we really believe cheating wouldn’t take place there too!

  • Scott Gower

    11/21/2020 10:53 PM

    Mike you are the best

  • Donna Humphries

    11/21/2020 09:13 PM

    I agree! I hope they look at the Senate races. John James won that seat and they stole it from him!!!!