In the midst of still not knowing whether or not we will have a president that believes in the democratic process, we must not forget that there are other outcomes from Election Day. And the biggest take-away is that Democrats choked away eight Senate races to the Republicans.
Notorious Republicans like Lindsay Graham (SC), Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (KY), and Susan Collins (ME) all faced “tough” opposition against former Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party Jaime Harrison, former Marine Corps Pilot and loser of Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District in 2018 Amy McGrath, and Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Sara Gideon, all supplied with seemingly unlimited funds.
Democrats collectively raised over a quarter of a billion dollars just for these three candidates, and over $460 million for all 34 Senate races for which they nominated a candidate ( Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) did not face a Democratic challenger). So far, only Mark Kelly of Arizona and John Hickenlooper of Colorado have been successful in ousting Republican incumbents. Sen. Gary Peters (MI) barely held on to his seat. We won’t get to know the results of the two Georgia Senate races until their runoff elections are finished in January.
Gideon in particular raised $42,065,919 more than Collins and was most recently polling 6 points ahead of Collins, only to lose by 8.8.
Cal Cunningham, Theresa Greenfield, Steve Bullock and Mike Espy also sought to unseat Republicans and to potentially achieve a majority for the Democrats in the Senate. Senator Doug Jones, who won a 2018 special election against accused pedophile Roy Moore, didn’t really stand much of chance running in deeply red Alabama and against Auburn University’s former head football coach Tommy Tuberville. Barbara Bollier lost her race against Roger Moore for an open Senate seat in Kansas.
Democrats need to realize that their problems aren’t solved by raising a bunch of money for themselves rather than offering something tangible to voters. Saying that you offer “change” and that you’re not your opponent means things like not being represented by the Senate Majority Leader or Judiciary Committee Chairman to these voters.
They know that their problems don’t disappear just because they’re represented by a Democrat.
The data used in the graphs were taken from the Center for Responsive Politics through their website at https://www.opensecrets.org/. In addition to these eight races, 27 other Senate elections occurred Tuesday. Below is my first attempt at visualizing this store, showing donation totals for all Senate races that have so far been called.
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