Why the GOP is Celebrating Many of the Midterm Election Results


In spite of the fact the Republican Party lost the US House, the GOP is giving a collective sigh of relief.  Everything indicated things were going to be much worse.  In many respects the “Blue Wave” was little more than a trickle.  And the Democrats paid significantly in time, energy, and money, for the slightest of shifts.

The Daily Blaze received the following from Republican State Leadership Committee President Matt Walter:

“After two years of overstated predictions from a newly created constellation of progressive groups pledging to spend hundreds of millions, Democrats only managed to flip five net chambers—all in blue states won by Hillary Clinton.  The Republican state legislative red firewall held strong in battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

“Vastly outspent by former President Obama, former AG Holder, and billionaire megadonors like Soros, Steyer and others, the RSLC helped preserve nearly all the historic gains of the past decade, protect critical majorities, and even flipped nearly 100 Democrat seats to Republican (and counting).

“Democrat net seat gains from the 2018 Election are a small fraction of what the RSLC’s RedMap program accomplished during the 2010 Election and well below any comparable wave measurement. Compared to the 21 chambers Republicans flipped in 2010- the most recent comparable midterm- Democrats fumbled the opportunity to make significant gains toward recouping the nearly 1,000 seats they lost since then.

“Republicans are projected to end the 2018 cycle with a dominant 62 GOP to 37 Democrat legislative chamber advantage.  On Election Day 2018, voters from across the political spectrum and across the country gave an overwhelming majority of legislative control to high quality, responsible Republican leaders once again.  Coupled with key wins by other statewide, judicial, women and diverse Republican candidates, 2018 was more of a blue ripple than blue wave for the Democrats.”

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. State-level Republicans maintain 62 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 25 lieutenant governor seats, and control 28 secretaries of state offices. 

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