Ah, off year election night in America. Maybe not as sexy sounding as Football Night in America, but if you’re a Democrat these days, tonight is looking pretty damn sexy.
NBC News has projected Democratic candidate Andy Bashear the apparent winner in the Kentucky Governor’s race, ousting incumbent Matt Bevin. This is a big deal for more reasons than we can count. For one thing, as was reported earlier, Bevin was “Trump before Trump” to use the tired old phrase. Bevin was elected in Kentucky in November of 2015, almost exactly one year to the day before Trump. Bevin was brash, abrasive and profane, perfectly happy to piss everybody off.
But oh, how the mighty have fallen. Going into the election, Bevin’s popularity in Kentucky was an abysmal 33%, identical by the way with GOP Senate Majority Leader’ Mitch McConnell’s. Trump won Kentucky in 2016 by 30+ In fact, His Lowness himself flew into Kentucky last night for a last minute rally for Bevin, dragging Yertl McTurtle and Rand “Aqua Buddha” Paul with him. And it still wasn’t enough. This is important because, as I wrote a couple of days ago, winning the Kentucky governorship will make sure that a Democratic Governor can put the speed brakes on any new redistricting map drawn up by a GOP dominated legislature.
*Disclaimer* My source for news on this article is MSNBC, and NBC News doesn’t “call” state legislature races, so MSNBC is deferring to the Associated Press for their calls on the races. The news is positive so far from there too. The AP has already “called” the Democratic flip of the Virginia state Senate. Also, as we speak, the AP has already called the Democrats having flipped 3 seats in the House of Delegates. There are still about a dozen and a half House seats to be called, but if these results hold, the Democrats will take total control of the gears of government in Virginia for the first time in a quarter of a century.
One thing that would make this a critical change of power, not only in Virginia, but in the entire country. Virginia has been trying for years now to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, with the GOP forestalling them from getting it done. Flipping both chambers would make it possible for Virginia to officially become the state that put the Equal Rights Amendment over the top, clearing the way for it to become a part of the United States constitution.
I will update this if I can get confirmed word tonight of the final results in the VA House, but already it’s a good night for Democrats, and a positive indication of things to come.
The Associated Press has just “called it” that the Democrats have flipped the state’s House of Delegates. So far, with a handful of races still left to call, the Democrats have flipped 5 House seats, 3 more than they need to to take control. According to the AP, they have also flipped a second Senate seat, giving them outright control of that chamber as well.
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