Election Night: Democrats Take The House For First Time In 8 Years Despite Key Losses
Election Day in the United States has come to an end, with the overall landscape becoming clear. Although there are still crucial votes to count, Democrats have secured the House of Representatives for the first time in almost a decade while the GOP retains control of the Senate. The victory comes with a few key losses though. Tallahassee, Florida Mayor Andrew Gillum lost to Ron DeSantis, shooting down hopes that the Sunshine State would elect their first Black governor. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the Georgia governor’s race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp. “I’m here tonight to tell you votes remain to be counted,” Abrams stated while suggesting that they’ll wait for absentee ballots to be counted. Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz was able to defeat Democratic star Beto O’Rourke, despite the latter gaining nationwide popularity in the past few weeks.
History was made on other fronts though, as Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland were the first Native American women to be elected to Congress as well. CNN is also projecting that Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis will win, making him the nation’s first openly gay man elected to a governor’s seat. With the GOP in control of the Senate, Trump will have a majority to confirm his executive and judicial appointments. In turn, Democrats taking the House means that Trump will have unavoidable roadblocks ahead for many of his legislative plans, such as the proposed border wall. Keep up with all the up to date election news here.