The Republican Party, apparently, hasn’t learned its lesson from 2020.
Based on these off-year election results, things are going to get a whole lot worse for Republican voters to mobilize to make necessary changes in their government.
First, let’s get to the gubernatorial elections.
Governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear was re-elected after beating Trump-endorsed candidate Daniel Cameron, an evangelical running amidst an unpopular near-total state ban on abortions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Beshear’s win means the state government will stay split until at least 2024, when the next state parliamentary elections take place. The Democrats hold the governorship and the Republicans hold both house of the state legislature.
Biden lost Kentucky by more than 25 points three years ago. It is inexplicable how the Republican Party is afraid to fight for voters, even in states where they are receptive.
On the flip side for Republicans, Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves was re-elected after beating Brandon Presley. With Reeves’ win, the state will still have a power trifecta: the governor, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
Recently, Republican Jeff Landry was elected as Louisiana’s governor on October 14.
To quote Meatloaf: Two out of three ain’t bad.
But abortion referenda shows that the issue remains a lightning rod for left-leaning and pro-choice voters.
ABC News crowed about the election results, and it’s illustrative of what voters are likely to constantly hear about the issue ahead of 2024.
“Striking liberal turnout, a comparative dearth of voters who backed Donald Trump in 2020 and broad support for legal abortion helped make Ohio, on Tuesday, the latest state projected to support abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last year, according to exit polling,” ABC News trumpeted.
Then the news outlet provided data to back up its claims.
“Liberals [sic] accounted for 34% of voters in Ohio exit poll results, up sharply from 20% in the 2022 midterms and 21% in the 2020 presidential election. That’s a record-high turnout among liberals in Ohio exit polls dating back to 1984. They backed both the abortion and marijuana referenda by vast margins, 94-6% for abortion and 85-15% for marijuana.”
Here’s the breakdown on Trump voter turnout.
“In line with greater turnout by liberals, Trump 2020 voters were in comparatively short supply: Voters said in exit polling that they backed Joe Biden over Trump in 2020, 45-43%. But Trump won Ohio in that election, 53-45%.”
No Trump, no Trump voters. Not good. But how is the Republican Party trying to reach them?
The underlying problem is that nobody trusts the Republicans to abide by their word. Where are the J6 tapes? Where are the impeachments for Joe Biden, Merrick Garland or even Alejandro Mayorkas? When will the weaponized FBI be defunded?
The Democrats think this is a political war. The Republicans think this is a political game.
Trump voters see rising threats to the nation in terms of the border crisis, the non-stop war machine, and the monumental levels of debt. Establishment Republicans yawn and continue on with business-as-usual, which entails counting their filthy lucre in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.
But that’s not all for 2023. Furthermore, a Democrat won an open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after campaigning on a pledge to uphold abortion rights. Democrat Daniel McCaffery defeated Republican Carolyn Carluccio in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court race, increasing the Democrats’ majority on the court ahead of the 2024 election.
This, once again, bodes ill for the Keystone State’s voters, since the swing state has been the site of numerous recent election debacles. In 2022, a flood of mail-in ballots caused serious delays to the state’s counting of votes. It was an encore performance for its ridiculous election practices in 2021, and of course, in 2020 as well.
This year was no different. Multiple voting machines in Northampton County on Tuesday were reported to be shut down due to errors, including “votes getting flipped.” The county switched to paper ballots (perhaps something it should have done all along).
At a news conference on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Election Systems & Software (ES&S), the company that made the voting machines, claimed that an employee made a mistake. They said they “regret the situation” and are committed to “fair, accurate results.”
The election issue surfaced in the early hours of Tuesday and pertained to the contest for the Pennsylvania Superior Court between Judge Jack Panella and Judge Victor Stabile.
In judicial retention contests, opponents are not included on the ballot. The ‘yes’ or ‘no’ option is provided for the voter to determine whether they want the judge to remain in their position. ES&S says the issue will be fixed in the backend. Reassuring.
And in other blow to the Republicans’ election hopes, Democrats took full control of the Virginia statehouse, delivering a defeat to Gov. Glenn Youngkin that may quell any expectations that he will make a late entry into the GOP presidential primary.
The underwhelming off-year election results under a historically bad Democratic presidency have many voters concerned about the upcoming 2024 elections.
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that a whopping 76 percent of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction.
The survey revealed that a striking 95% of Republicans are negative and believe the country is going in the wrong way. This was followed by 76% of independents and 54% of Democrats.
Yet the RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel continuously fails to harness all of this widespread dissatisfaction about the nation’s state of affairs and turn it into meaningful election results. This is the fourth straight election cycle where the Trump-backed McDaniel has blown it.
The Washington Examiner published a litany against her in the aftermath of the 2022 midterms, where a “red wave” failed to even make a splash.
Ronna McDaniel is about to win another term as the head of the Republican National Committee. It is an incredible feat, given her track record of failure…
That is fantastic news for Democrats, who watched McDaniel take control of the RNC in 2017. Since then, Republicans have lost the House in 2018 and the White House in 2020. With President Joe Biden wildly unpopular, Republicans should have dominated the midterm elections in November. Instead, the party went out with a whimper, just barely taking the House and losing one seat in the Senate. McDaniel has overseen three election cycles now, and the best she can say is that one of them (2020) was just a failure, rather than a miserable failure.
If the RNC under McDaniel is no good at helping Republicans win elections, what exactly has McDaniel been good at? What does she bring to the table? The GOP’s candidates have become worse over the last three cycles, not better. The party lost the House in a “blue wave” in 2018, lost the presidency to the political dinosaur Joe Biden in 2020, and then failed to win sweeping control of Congress in a 2022 cycle that should have been a “red wave.”
No wonder conservative commentators are calling for her to give it up and let somebody more serious take the helm.
SHE NEEDS TO GO pic.twitter.com/h2Rb74zkTv
— Chaya Raichik (@ChayaRaichik10) November 8, 2023
Many believe these disappointing election results are due to the populist presidential candidate Donald Trump being off the ballot. But that argument reveals a major issue: Keep Trump off the ballot and the MAGA movement doesn’t show up for elections.
It’s enough to give Trump’s political enemies all of the wrong ideas ahead of 2024.