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2018 Elections Tag

Today was a beautiful day in San Diego: Few clouds, 75 degree hight temperature, and light breeze. Why do I bring this up? Because last night's election results for the State lead me to conclude the weather is the sole aspect of this nuthouse worth touting.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he will hold a press conference at 11:30AM ET to discuss the Republicans "success" in Tuesday's midterm elections. Like previous administrations, the party of the president lost the House, but the Republicans made decent gains within the Senate.

In October, it looked like Keith Ellison might lose his race for Minnesota Attorney General, even though he was the favorite. I discussed Ellison's troubling and continued relationship with Louis Farrakhan, and the accusations by a former girlfriend of domestic abuse,  in my post, Is political end finally here for former Farrakhan activist Keith Ellison? Down 7 points in Minnesota AG race.

It could have been worse. Much worse. There was no Blue Wave. Democrats performed in the House in accordance with historical averages for gains in a president's first midterms.

The polls were wrong. Gillum consistently was up by low single digits. I think his embrace of the anti-Israel, terrorist-glorifying Dream Defenders hurt him.

The countdown begins. Will the Democrats take over the House? Will the GOP pick up more seats in the Senate? Will the Democrats sweep in the governor races? We will provide updates as they come in as many tight races on the east coast could provide some early clues as to who will come out on top and the tone of the 2020 presidential race.

The Huron Daily Tribune fired reporter Brenda Battel after she accidentally left an insulting voicemail for Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James. From The Daily Caller:
“Man, if he beats her [incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow]… Jesus! F***ing John James. That would suck! Whew, I don’t think it’s going to happen though,” Battel continued.

On Monday, President Donald Trump told Scott Thuman of the Sinclair Broadcast Group that out of everything that has happened in his first two years in office, he regrets his tone. From WJLA:
Trump said if there was anything he would try and redo it would be to soften his tone.
"I would like to have a much softer tone. I feel to a certain extent I have no choice, but maybe I do," Trump said. He attributed his tone during his first two years in office to wanting to get things done on his agenda, adding that he could have been softer in his delivery.

Today's the day! Election Day! Have you voted yet? Us at Legal Insurrection will keep this thread open all day to provide updates, analysis, and pictures of all the races across the nation. Will the Republicans keep control of the House? Will the Republicans gain more seats in the Senate? As we learned in 2016, anything can happen.

It's hard not to feel that in the run up to every national election the mainstream media and 'progressive' cultural infrastructure gaslight us into believing Democrats are destined to win. Gaslighting is a term I never used to use much before, but it fits;

(1) The whole country is voting on ANGER. That sentiment has been commonplace in American Presidential elections, at least since 2008, but the depth and breadth of that anger are very unusual in midterms. They are even more usual for times marked by unprecedented prosperity, low unemployment, and no major wars. Both parties have stoked the fear and rage, figuring it is better to mobilize their base voters than to rely on centrists. Both are now locked in to this divisive appeal, not just for this election but for 2020. That means the election is less about who you are voting for than who you are voting against.