The Red Wave Never Came

This week’s Tuesday, November 8th, was the United State’s midterm elections. In the days leading up to the results of the election, most mainstream media outlets, especially right-wing leaning ones, were pedaling the idea that there was an oncoming red wave of voters. This was assumed for a multitude of reasons. Unlike the Republicans, who seem to have voters fired up and ready to cast ballots year-round, Democrats historically perform worse in midterm elections. Many right-wingers were also expecting Republicans to show out in record numbers for book banning, Trump-backed election deniers, outspoken transphobic, and forced birthers. Unfortunately, this rhetoric unintentionally fired up the wrong demographic of voters. Although Republican voters showed up in relatively the same numbers, there was a surge of young democratic voters inspired to vote in the name of protecting the LGBTQ community and women’s right to choose. 

Ben Shapiro, one of the right’s favorite man-with-a-microphone, tweeted the view had gone “from wed wave to red wedding.” This was also very surprising because, with ever-increasing inflation rates and high gas prices, Republicans were sure they could rely on the poor economic performance of the last two years to motivate Republican voters. Again, this was not the case; instead, Biden following through on his Build Back Better stimulus package and Student Debt Relief seemed to have motivated young democrats who were excited to see politicians positively impacting their lives. 

As of right now, Republicans are closer to the House majority than Democrats, with just seven seats shy of the 218 needed for a majority. In comparison, the Democrats have won 195 house seats. Meaning that there are currently 29 undecided house seats. As for the Senate, Republicans need to win 51 seats to gain control of the Senate, while Democrats simply have to win 50 seats to maintain control. This midterm saw the Democratic party flip one seat for the Senate. There are currently three states whose results are still unclear. Georgia has turned into a runoff between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker. In Arizona, with 78% of votes counted, Democratic incumbent Mark Kelley appears to be in the lead with positive 6 points over his opponent. The last ongoing senate election is in Nevada, with 90% of the votes in, Republican candidate Adam Laxalt has a 0.98 positive point lead over the incumbent Democrat.

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