There are still many bal­lots left to count in quite a few places, but the U.S. Sen­ate map is not look­ing good for Democ­rats of this hour. The mass media are pro­ject­ing Repub­li­can vic­to­ries in Iowa and Col­orado — two states that Democ­rats real­ly need­ed to win in order to pro­tect their U.S. Sen­ate majority.

The Repub­li­cans began the night with pick­ups in West Vir­ginia and Arkansas. Then, South Dako­ta and Mon­tana were called for the Republicans.

Now, it’s Iowa and Col­orado. That makes six.

There will almost cer­tain­ly be a U.S. Sen­ate runoff in Louisiana and pos­si­bly Geor­gia, which could mean that Mitch McConnell won’t be able to pro­claim him­self pre­sump­tive major­i­ty leader for at least a few more weeks.

UPDATE: Looks like Repub­li­can David Per­due may be able to avoid a runoff in Geor­gia. We shall see.

Net­works have also called the Flori­da gov­er­nor’s race for Rick Scott. Flori­da was a state where Democ­rats were very much hop­ing to knock out a Repub­li­can incum­bent. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it does­n’t look like it’s going to happen.


About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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