A Sigh of Relief

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It was a big enough win. Sure, the loss for Beto O’Rourke was disappointing (next to Scott Walker, Ted Cruz was the guy I most wanted to see the end of), but the Dems took the House, and restored a path to some accountability for Trump.

As of this writing, the Governor’s race in Georgia and the Senate Race in Florida are still being counted. There are rumblings that the Governor’s race in Florida is tightening, even though the Democrat, Andrew Gillum, conceded last night.

What we might have learned from 2016 was not to concede so early. We didn’t know the extent of Russian interference or voting irregularities in 2016. This year, widespread voting problems, broken machines (or those delivered without power cords)  and blatant suppression efforts mean every candidate in a close race should fight until the end. See Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico.

By now, Trump has fired Jeff Sessions and clearly has designs on ending the Mueller investigation. Things will move quickly, but last night’s win was a sign of hope that all is not lost in our Democracy. It has also re-energized a party that was fighting for its life. Democrats have flipped several states, grown their numbers in state legislatures, and now have begun to rebuild the foundation they were lacking in 2016. This helps head off some Republican attempts at gerrymandering, voter suppression, and election manipulation ala Brian Kemp and Kris Kobach.

There’s so much work to do between now and 2020, but when your team gets a big hit, you suddenly feel the momentum shift in your direction, you can often see your way clear to winning the game.

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