Despite Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo securing a victory a few days back against the Democrat incumbent Steve Sisolak, the same will not be said of the state’s Republican Senate challenger to its Democrat incumbent Catharine Cortez Mastro.
After days of counting ballots, including the counting of ballots postmarked up to four days after Tuesday’s November 8th election, the race was called for Cortez Mastro.
CNN reported on the breaking development, and what it means for the fate of the U.S. Senate:
Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto will win reelection in Nevada, CNN projects, clinching a critical victory that will allow Democrats to keep control of the US Senate.
Cortez Masto had long been viewed as one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents as she fended off a challenge from former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt in a state whose economy had been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and inflation.
As a clarification for CNN’s biased reporting, it wasn’t the pandemic that hit the state hard; it was the response to the pandemic that hit it harder than others. South Dakota and Florida, for example, reamined unopened and relatively usncathed economiocally by the pandemic as a result of Republican stewardship. The same could be said of Georgia, which saw its Republican incumbent hold off a terrible campaign led by Stacet Abrams.
CNN summarized the election results, which many initially predicted would turn into a red wave, but ultimately produced a red fizzle. Republicans hope to secure a slim House majority despite their Senate control hopes being dashed by the news that Pennsylvania had flipped its seat and Arizona’s Senate race was likewise called for Democrat Mark Kelly, who votes for Joe Biden’s agenda over 95% of the time. CNN continued:
With Cortez Masto – the first Latina senator – securing a second term, Democrats will hold 50 seats and Republicans will hold 49. Democrats are also defending a seat in Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker are headed to a December 6 runoff. But even if Republicans pick up that seat, the chamber would still be evenly divided, allowing Vice President Kamala Harris to still hold the tie-breaking vote. Democrats were able to hold the majority, in part, because they picked up a seat in Pennsylvania, where Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat, defeated Trump-backed Mehmet Oz in the contest to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.
Amazingly, as the indictment on ignorant and selfish American voters continues to become more obvious, CNN credited Cortz Mastro’s somewhat surprising victory as a result of the transient population of new Nevadans. The state has seen an influx of not jsut illegal residents, but legal ones as well who often relocate from the wasteland of communist California.
Despite running that beautiful state into thje ground, voters never changed their voting habits and deluded themselves into thinking Democrats would be different in their new home. As CNN wrote, “[o]ne of the biggest challenges she faced is that much of Nevada’s population is transient – meaning many voters had not gotten to know Cortez Masto or her record.”
Can people get any dumber? At what point will voters realize that it isn’t the candidates that are the issue; it’s the party?
In any event, there is once again the pattern of seeing governors come close to, or outright winning, in purple-reddish states (such as Brian Kemp, Joe Lombardo, Kari Lake) and voters rejecting the Republican candidate for Senate. Had voters simply checked the same two top boxes for the GOP, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Herschel Walker would have won alongside Brian Kemp and Adam Laxalt would have won alongside Joe Lombardo.
Kari Lake’s Arizona race for governor has yet to be called, but in any event it is a lot closer than what the state’s Senate race ended up producing, as Blake Masters lost by nearly six points to Mark Kelly.
Featured image: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
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