Democrats suffered a number of losses on election day and now party leaders are trying to figure out what went wrong. Democrats failed to take control of the Senate or expand their House majority. The presidential race has been called for Joe Biden, but the Republican Party is alive and well.
Democrats lose House seats
Democrats were optimistic heading into election day, with Nancy Pelosi hoping to expand their House majority.
Many even predicted they would win as many as a dozen seats, pushing their blue territory into the suburbs of Texas, Ohio and Illinois. Their hopes came crashing down over the following days as Democrats suffered a series of demoralizing losses, including a number of south Florida incumbents in the House.
Democrat Donna Shalala lost her seat to Republican Maria Elvira Salazar in Miami. In the neighboring Miami district, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell lost her seat to Republican Carlos Gimenez.
Texas was another huge disappointment for Democrats. The party invested millions of dollars in targeting ten seats in The Lone Star State, even opening a satellite campaign office in Austin.
Yet still, they failed to flip the seat held by retiring Republican Representative Will Hurd in a blue district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Henry Cuellar is a Democratic Rep. who won his race in District 28 of Texas.
He acknowledged that Republicans have a stronghold on many of the rural areas in the state, and Democrats have a lot of work to do in order to catch up. “This is what I’ve been saying over and over and over.
Urban areas are important, but you still gotta look at the rural areas,” Cuellar said. “If we don’t change the strategy, it’s going to be the same in 2022.”
Now Democrats are trying to figure out what went wrong. Many in the party are blaming their lack of support for law and order following the riots and looting that took place over the summer.
Others are saying this is voter backlash after the House impeachment of President Trump. Some believe voters were upset about the failed negotiations for another Covid-19 stimulus package. “It’s a dumpster fire,” said one Democrat lawmaker.
Biden might end up in the White House, but Trump’s 70 million voters are not going away. Midterms are only a few years away and there won’t be massive mail in voting during those elections. The Republicans will certainly be pushing to take control of the House.