The election news today is more about what we don’t know, rather than what we do know.
But we do know these things.
- Thankfully, there was not major violence across the country last night.
- Political pundits were, for the most part, spectacularly wrong in their predictions.
- There was neither a Blue nor Red Wave.
- This means there is a razor-thin divide on who Americans desire as their executive leader for the next four years.
- There is anxiety across the nation in both parties regarding the integrity of the vote count.
- Who our next President will be rests in the final results of a few counties in a small handful of battleground states.
- Neither candidate appears ready to concede.
- There will be legal challenges in various states.
- Kanye West did as well as anyone expected, and has graciously conceded the race.
- God is still on the Throne of history.
Other than that, the rest is yet to be seen, and we’ll be getting a clearer picture stretching into the weekend at least. But a great deal did happen last night and the Daily Citizen staff sums it up for you here.
The Presidential Race
In the race toward America’s coveted 270 electoral votes, things remain extremely tight.
President Trump outperformed nearly all the prognostications from the mainline pundits and was moving strong until Arizona was called by a few news sources for Biden late in the evening.
Minnesota was surprisingly close for a deep blue state that has only voted Republican three times since 1932, the last in 1972.
But all eyes remain on the big three undecideds: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
As of press time, things remain too close to call in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina. Regarding the big three, at press time Wisconsin and Michigan appear to be leaning toward Biden and Pennsylvania is leaning toward Trump.
The big surprise in the Senate is that it looks as though the GOP will retain control, having beaten back a widely reported blue wave. Although many states remain too close to call, and at press time, various sources show conflicting results. The New York Times and Fox News report the Senate currently split between Democrats and Republicans at 47 seats each while The Washington Post has the GOP up by one. Real Clear Politics and the Associated Press have the Senate currently at Republicans 47 and Democrats 45.
Both Senator Lindsey Graham and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell handedly retained their seats in South Carolina and Kentucky. Susan Collins kept her Republican seat in Maine after being heavily challenged by state House Speaker Sara Gideon over her bold 2018 vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper unseated Republican Senator Cory Gardner by a respectable margin and Democrat Mark Kelly, an former astronaut, picked up one of Arizona’s Senate Seats from the incumbent, Republican Martha McSally, a former military fighter and the first U.S. woman to fly in combat. Senator McSally has yet to concede.
Republican Tommy Tuberville picked up a Senate seat in Alabama with over 60 percent of the vote and Georgia will have a special January run-off between Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and her challenger Raphael Warnock who has served as senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since 2005.
Republican John James, a 39-year-old African-American veteran and businessman is running an absolute neck-in-neck race with incumbent Gary Peters for a Michigan Senate seat, yet with a slight edge.
If the Republicans retain control of the Senate, this will serve as an important bulwark against Democrat threats to pack the Supreme Court, abolish the Electoral College, offer statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. – and cancel the Trump tax cuts.
In the House races, Democrats will retain control, but Susan B. Anthony List is celebrating at least 13 new pro-life Congresswomen elected last night to the U.S. House of Representatives. “The surge of victorious pro-life women candidates in the U.S. House is a stunning blow to Nancy Pelosi and her pro-abortion agenda,” explained SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “So far, we have more than doubled the number of pro-life women in the House, with more races to be called.” Dannenfelser says that seven pro-life women candidates flipped pro-abortion Democrat-held seats.
One of these is Republican Maria Elivira Salazar who unseated Donna Shalala who served President Bill Clinton as his secretary for Health and Human Services.
Things remained largely stable in the nation’s 11 gubernatorial races, with only one turn over in Montana where the Republican candidate, a successful tech businessman and conservative Christian Greg Gianforte, snatched the governor’s mansion from Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney.
Other Family Issues Across the Nation
Protection of the unborn won overwhelmingly in Louisiana, with 62% voting to include the very precise pro-life language “nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion” into their state constitution.
In Washington state, voters passed a measure mandating that all schools teach sex ed to children from kindergarten through grade 12, rather than allowing local school districts to make the decision. It became the first state in the nation to approve such a bill through a ballot initiative. The measure was resisted strongly by parent’s groups and Christian organizations, but was supported by Planned Parenthood and LGBT activists.
In a push to widen access to illicit drugs for our children, voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota passed measures legalizing either medical or recreational marijuana.
In an absolutely stunning move, Oregon easily passed two ballot measures decriminalizing hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and psilocybin. Those found in possession of small amounts of these drugs could receive a $100 fine or have the option of undergoing assessment for a substance abuse disorder.
The Beaver State also became the first in the nation to create a program where licensed service providers can administer hallucinogenic mushrooms and fungi products to adults who are 21-years-old and up.
Voters in Colorado also passed a paid family and medical leave act with the support of 57 percent of voters statewide.
Additional reporting by Paul Batura, Brittany Raymer and Jeff Johnston
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