As the predicted red wave fizzled to a trickle, not all hope was lost for the desired congressional restraints a Republican majority could have in the House and Senate. It was reported late last night that John Fetterman somehow flipped Pennsylvania’s seat against challenger Dr. Mehmet Oz – and widening the victory margin in his race compared to Biden’s narrow win in 2020 against Donald Trump – but momentum appears to favor Nevada’s Adam Laxalt and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson to bring the total count to 50.
A run-off in Georgia could potentially send Herschel Walker to the U.S. Senate as Republican’s 51st vote, and Blake Masters still has fighting chance to overcome incumbent Mark Kelly’s dwindling lead as one-third of all votes are still counted in Arizona.
According to CNN, right now Nevada’s Laxalt is leading the race against his incumbent Democrat opponent Catherine Cortez Mastro by a significant margin of 49.9% to her 47.2% with 80% of precincts reporting. His lead has slightly increased over previous totals.
And in Wisconsin, the Republican incumbent Johnson appears to be staving off a challenge by the radical leftist Mandela Barnes. CNN’s latest totals place him slightly ahead with 50.5% of the vote to Barnes’ 49.3%. This lead comes with fully 94% of precincts reporting.
Despite the underwhelming and indeed, disappointing, showing on the part of Republican candidates last night, there were still bright spots. Chief among those was Ron DeSantis’ absolute thrashing of Democrat rival Charlie Crist. Whereas DeSantis eeked out a win by just .4% in 2018, this time around DeSantis won with a nearly 20% margin. That is unheard of. Marco Rubio, another Republican on the statewide ballot, similarly cruised to victory with a 16% margin of victory in his contest.
There is also the fact that perennial losers Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams lost in their respective races, and not just by a little. Making their defeats even more delicious was the fact that they and their Democrat allies spent an exorbitant dollar sum, only to be rejected outright by voters.
Summarizing Democrats’ wasteful spending habits, Fox wrote that Abrams and company raised almost $100 million in their losing bid.
Abrams, who unsuccessfully ran against Kemp in 2018, has trailed the Republican governor in the polls despite record fundraising. Her campaign has hauled in nearly $98 million, according to reports filed with the state election commission, while Kemp has raised more than $69 million.
Though she is polling behind Kemp, Abrams has argued she will win the election Tuesday if voters can overcome alleged voter suppression tactics she has accused state Republicans of enacting since her 2018 loss.
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