The GOP “wave” Tuesday was not limited to Congress alone.
“This was a wave election victory for Republicans in state legislatures across the country, leaving Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century,” Morgan Cullen, senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Colorado, told WND.
“Even though the GOP was already at a high-water point in state legislative control, last night was a big night for Republicans in that the 2014 midterm election saw the GOP make important additional gains in legislative control.”
Voters Tuesday were deciding 6,049 state legislative seats in 46 states, nearly 82 percent of all seats.
State legislatures typically are the place where both Republicans and Democrats groom future candidates to run for governor, as well as for Congress.
Cullen noted Republicans have gained a net total of 332 seats in state legislatures nationwide out of the 649 seats up for election, with some outstanding races still too close to call.
Moreover, the GOP added majority control of 10 state legislative chambers, including the Colorado Senate, the Maine Senate, the Maine House, the Nevada Assembly, the Nevada Senate, the New Hampshire House, the New York Senate, the New Mexico House, the Washington Senate and the West Virginia House. The West Virginia Senate is now deadlocked and two chambers still undecided are the Colorado House and the Washington House.
In addition, Democrats lost their super-majorities in the California Senate, the Vermont House and the Maryland Senate.
Republicans now control 67 state chambers while the Democrats control 28. Prior to Tuesday, Republicans had a 57-41 advantage.
Republicans have complete state control – both chambers and the governor’s mansion – in 23 states, compared to six states for the Democrats.
“This was a big night for Republicans,” Cullen said. “If you had asked me before the election, I would have told you mid-term elections disfavor the party in the White House; and looking into my crystal ball I would have told you the Republicans were poised to pick up a few chambers here and there. But I would have said it was going to be a ripple, when it was a wave.”
Cullen said the Republican gains in the 2014 midterm elections were more significant than in 2010.
“To put last night in context, the Republicans had an even bigger night in the last mid-term elections in 2010, when they picked up over 700 seats in state legislatures nationwide and control in 22 chambers,” she said.
“But you have to put this into perspective and realize the Republicans had lost the three previous legislative election cycles before 2010 and the GOP was at a low-water mark going into the 2010 mid-term elections. The gains Republicans made in this 2014 mid-term election are even more impressive when you consider the GOP topped the high-water mark set in 2010.”
Not only did pro-life candidates win huge election victories across the board last night, but black pro-life candidates won as well and helped undermine false criticism from the other side that somehow the pro-life issue is not one that resonates with African-Americans.
In the deep South, South Carolina voters sent pro-life Republican Tim Scott back to the U.S. Senate, making him the first black candidate to win a statewide race there since just after the Civil War. Scott is also the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction.
Scott’s victory was so certain that his race was called moments after polls officially closed.
Governor Nikki Haley, who is also pro-life also won her re-election bid, appointed Scott after pro-life Senator Jim DeMint stepped down from his seat to run the Heritage Foundation. Scott has served in the Senate since January 2013 and he won the race to complete DeMint’s term. He will run for a full six-year term in 2016.
Meanwhile, in Utah, Mia Love won her congressional race to become the first black Republican woman in Congress. Love is a proudly pro-life candidate who had strong support from pro-life groups.
“I am proud to say that I am pro-life. My commitment to pro-life policies is unwavering, and I look forward to working with others in Congress to protect the right to life. I have received endorsements from multiple pro-life organizations, including the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s oldest and largest pro-life organization,” she said during the campaign.
And in Texas, pro-life congressional candidate Will Hurd won his race, unseating Rep. Pete Gallego.
“I sleep like a baby every night knowing I did absolutely everything I could to win this race,” Hurd said of waiting until the bitter end for results. “We always knew it was going to come down to the very end.”
Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri said “we have a truly historic result because Will will be the first Republican of African-American descent from the state of Texas since Reconstruction to represent our state in the House of Representatives.”
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden congratulated Hurd on a “hard-earned victory.”
“Will ran a fantastic campaign that focused on the issues Texans care about. Will truly has dedicated his life to helping his country and this is yet another proud chapter,” Walden said. “I’m honored to call him a friend and colleague.”
Claims that the Republican Party is somehow inherently racist or has no appeal to Africa-Americans will be harder to make now.
I should note that I think the GOP will reclaim a majority in the Senate, albeit a small one. But the GOP “leaders” have not helped their cause by declaring war on the Tea Party and their Conservative base. It is not a wise strategy to kick your fellow Republicans in the groin, then ask for their votes. Stacy McCain explains how Mitch McConnell should be running away in his race, but….
McConnell is consistently polling below 50 percent, an indicator of trouble for any incumbent. His Democrat challenger, however, has been unable to take advantage of McConnell’s weakness because Democrat Party policies are so far to the left — not just culturally out of touch with Kentucky voters’ values, but directly opposed to their economic interests.
So a weird sort of stalemate grips the campaign, and we await the turning point that will decide the election. The lamentable part of this situation, from the GOP perspective, is that McConnell and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have spent the past 18 months crushing the enthusiasm of grassroots conservatives, waging a campaign to exterminate the Tea Party. The arguably criminal — certainly dishonest and unethical — conduct of the Mississippi primary campaign to re-elect Thad Cochran was witnessed by every Tea Party activist in the country, Kentucky included. Every deceitful smear against Chris McDaniel in Mississippi was a deliberate “f–k you” to grassroots conservatives, courtesy of the D.C.-based Republican political establishment of which Mitch McConnell is the official leader. If it weren’t for this factor — the transparent selfishness and corruption of McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies — the Senate race in Kentucky would not even be close. The major obstacle to McConnell’s re-election is not the usual problem of wooing undecided “swing” voters; his problem is that many thousands of Kentucky conservatives have little motive to vote for him in November.
It’s a cliché to say that the impending election is the most important of our lifetimes. It’s no longer about avoiding the disaster; it’s about mitigating the effects and minimizing the recover time.
Absolutely, and 2016 is so crucial because only a
Republican Conservative president can undue the executive orders that Obama has transformed us with.
Stacy McCain has an ugly feeling that the Republican leadership will blow 2014 by attacking Conservatives rather than Democrats.
If the Republican Party spends money to turn out Democrat voters against a conservative in a GOP primary — the paid professional party apparatus doing this as a deliberate strategy — what message does that send to conservatives, whose votes are crucial to whatever hope Republicans have of winning an electoral majority?
You can read the New York Times analysis of Tuesday’s result in Mississippi and glean whatever “moral of the story” you wish, but my visceral sense of what it means can be summarized in one word: Disaster.
Maybe that’s just me.
Whether what the Republican Party did to re-nominate Thad Cochran was illegal is one question, and Chris McDaniel has vowed to challenge the outcome of the runoff, to answer that question.
However, there is no question at all that what the Republican Party did in Mississippi was wrong — both morally and politically. To seek the assistance of your political enemies in order to defend the seat of a corrupt and ineffective septuagenarian like Thad Cochran? This is not, as some GOP operatives are telling each other, a clever “strategy” for defeating an insurgent challenge; this is lying and cheating — a breach of trust that brings shame to the party, per se.
There are several words I would use to describe the tactics of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the Mississippi run-off election last night. Despicable, deplorable, disgusting, cowardly all come to mind, especially when I recall that the GOP establishment did ZIP, NADA, NOTHING, at all, to help Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia Governor race last year. I guess Cuccinelli was just too Conservative, so the GOP “leadership” decided that a buffoon like Liberal Terry McCauliffe was better somehow. We see how the GOP “leaders” treat Conservatives, and how they treat Republican voters don’t we? They prefer to play the race baiting game to woo voters, voters that will NEVER vote for a Republican come November, to defeat a Tea Party Candidate.
Frankly, a GOP primary ought to be decided by GOP voters! And if a run-off is required after that, then that run-off should be decided by Republican voters. then, AFTER that election is decided, THEN the NRSC, or NRCC, or GOP leaders ought to do their level best to get the nominee elected. But, again, the establishment GOP cares more about their power than anything else. In short, they do not care about your liberty, the Constitution, or helping America get back on track. If they did, they would make their efforts to defeat Democrats, not Conservatives.