WASHINGTON — Republicans misplaced the House in 2018. They misplaced the White House in November. And they’re on the cusp of dropping the Senate after final evening’s runoff ends in Georgia.
Right earlier than 2:00 a.m. ET, NBC News projected that Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent appointed GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler (Warnock is forward by 53,000 votes as of publication time), and Democrat Jon Ossoff at present leads incumbent Sen. David Perdue by greater than 16,000 votes.
So with two weeks earlier than Inauguration Day and as a band of congressional Republicans at this time makes an attempt to problem Biden’s win on Capitol Hill, it’s nearly official: President Trump shall be leaving the Republican Party in worse form than when he first turned president.
In 2017, Republicans had 241 House members. They’re now at 211.
Also in 2017, the GOP started with 52 senators. But if Ossoff holds on to his lead — which is now bigger than Biden’s successful margin within the state from November — they’ll be at 50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking the tie and giving Dems the bulk.
And it’s a must to attribute final evening’s outcomes — both partially or in full — to Trump’s last two months in office.
According to the exit ballot final evening, 57 p.c of Georgia voters stated the 2020 election was performed pretty (and the Democratic candidates gained these voters by an amazing margin); 68 p.c stated they had been involved that that they or somebody of their household will contract the coronavirus; and 52 p.c stated combating the coronavirus is extra essential than rebuilding the financial system.
The day after the Nov. 3 election, we wrote that it regarded like Trumpism was right here to remain.
That nonetheless is perhaps true. But with Republicans divided and on the verge of dropping the Senate, the GOP’s future — in 2022, 2024 and past — seems to be extra unsure than it did two months in the past.
Republicans have possible misplaced management of the Senate, however may have the comfort prize of having the ability to marinate for hours tomorrow in delusional schemes to indulge the conspiracy theories of the person who did greater than his share to lose these races
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) January 6, 2021 How Ossoff (and Warnock) overperformed from November
Yesterday, we stated that if Democrats had been going to win the Georgia runoffs, they needed to do higher than Ossoff did in November, when he bought 48 p.c of the vote to Perdue’s 49.7 p.c.
Well, with most of Georgia’s vote in, the story from final evening was how Ossoff and Warnock overperformed in Atlanta’s populous counties — particularly these with giant Black populations like DeKalb and Clayton — both hitting or exceeding Biden’s successful margins from November.
And whereas Perdue overperformed in Atlanta exurbs like Cherokee and Forsyth,