Some of the good news that came out of the 2020 election with links to supporting news stories.
Trump record popular votes for Republican
- President Donald Trump has received more popular votes than any of his predecessors, with over 70 million and counting as of Friday afternoon, breaking the previous record set by Barack Obama in 2008 by over 500,000
Trump most minority votes in 60 years
- Team Trump and Republicans nationwide made unprecedented inroads with black and Hispanic voters. Nationally, preliminary numbers indicated that 26 percent of Trump’s voting share came from nonwhite voters — the highest percentage for a GOP presidential candidate since 1960
- According to exit polls, while Trump’s white male support dipped by five percent, it rose among women and minorities of both sexes. 17% of black men broke for Trump, as opposed to 13% in 2016. His support among black women doubled from 4% to 8%. Latino men and women both rose by 3%.
- If that polling holds, Trump will have secured more nonwhite voters than any Republican since President Richard Nixon‘s 32% haul in 1960, when he lost to President John F. Kennedy.
- “According to the exit poll, Trump did better in 2020 with every race and gender except white men,” Matt Bruenig of the People’s Policy Project tweeted Tuesday night. “Change from 2016: White Men -5. White Women +2. Black Men +4. Black Women +4. Latino Men +3. Latino Women +3. Other +5.”
- In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, the heartland of Cuban America, Trump turned a 30-plus-point Hillary Clinton romp in 2016 into a narrow single-digit Joe Biden win. Texas’ Starr County, overwhelmingly Mexican American and positioned in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, barely delivered for the Democrats. Biden’s Hispanic support in other key swing states, like Ohio and Georgia, tailed off from Clinton’s 2016 benchmarks.
- Republicans have every reason to be optimistic about the future. The hectoring “demography-is-destiny” dolts have been shot down. A substantial chunk of minority voters rejected the lies that GOP populism is rooted in racism. They rejected the slanders that the president himself is a white supremacist. The media establishment won’t admit it anytime soon, but the GOP’s future is bright — and browner than many may have previously thought possible
- President Trump has made up a lot of ground in Starr County, Texas, since 2016 in what once a Democratic stronghold, according to results from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.
- In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the county 79% to Trump’s 17% but in 2020 former Vice President Joe Biden only won by 5% – 52% to Trump’s 47%.
- The races where Republicans most vastly outperformed everyone’s priors were heavily Hispanic districts that swung enormously to Trump. These include both GOP pickups in Miami (Carlos Gimenez in FL-26 and Maria Elvira Salazar in FL-27) as well as Republican Tony Gonzales’s hold of Rep. Will Hurd’s open TX-23. Amazingly, Republicans didn’t lose a single seat in Texas.
Seats in Congress
- Loeffler beat Collins. Not everyone considers that a win but the focus is that she is female. It’s a win.
- The Associated Press reported a number of women Republican candidates who won their races: Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Kat Cammack and Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, Mary Miller of Illinois, Lisa McClain of Michigan, Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee and Ashley Hinson of Iowa.
- Sen. Joni Ernst will keep her seat in Iowa, while Cindy Hyde-Smith won in Mississippi, Shelley Moore Capito won in West Virginia, and Cynthia Lummis won in Wyoming. Sen. Susan Collins also officially held onto her seat in Maine for a 5th term, and will become the longest-serving Republican woman in the history of the Senate
- Ernst and Collins were expected to lose
- Talks about a Soviet born winner
- Business owner Lauren Boebert in Colorado’s 3rd District
- Business owner Kat Cammack in Florida’s 3rd District
- Former journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida’s 27th District
- Business owner Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia’s 14th District
- Farmer Mary Miller in Illinois’s 15th District
- Businesswoman Lisa McClain in Michigan’s 10th District
- Lawyer and politician Michelle Fischbach in Minnesota’s 7th District
- Entrepreneur and politician Yvette Herrell in New Mexico’s 2nd District
- Politician Stephanie Bice in Oklahoma’s 5th District
- Businesswoman Nancy Mace in South Carolina’s 1st District
- Pharmacist Diana Harshbarger in Tennessee’s 1st District
- Former journalist Ashley Hinson in Iowa’s 1st District
Republicans solidify grip on state legislatures, which is likely to lead to redistricting.
Former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is returning to Congress after a victory in a new district. The Associated Press called his race on Saturday, concluding that he had defeated Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, who was running for the second time.
Byron Daniels won in Florida and Mark Robinson won in North Carolina