AAAAHHHH pic.twitter.com/474quYDkYZ— Nate Hochman (@njhochman) November 3, 2022
This is news to me.
Didn’t Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams run on abortion?
Wasn’t abortion on the ballot in the states that have actually banned or limited access to abortion?
“I’ve previously written about how affirmative action is widely unpopular, and loses even in states that are solidly Democratic. Looking at the results of last night, it appears that the abortion issue is something of a right-wing equivalent. …
Election denialism and candidate quality certainly had a large role to play. But Republicans have been under Trump’s spell for six years now, so the fact that things started to go sour after Dobbs indicates that abortion may have helped Democrats more than any other issue. We know this in part because abortion itself was on the ballot last night in 5 states, and the pro-choice position universally ran ahead of Democratic candidates, sometimes by a very wide margin. As I write this, we see the following results. …”
This is the current status of abortion access in the United States.
Kay Ivey, 2022
Brian Kemp, 2022
Greg Abbott, 2022
Ron DeSantis, 2022
John Boozman, 2022
Bill Lee, 2022
Tedd Budd, 2022
As we saw on Tuesday, Democrats stunned the nation by pulling off shocking victories in states which have actually banned or limited abortion access. It was a Red Wedding in #Roevember.
In the Senate races, Marco Rubio won in Florida. Katie Britt won in Alabama. Herschel Walker is tied in Georgia. Rand Paul won in Kentucky. John Kennedy won in Louisiana. James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin won in Oklahoma. Tedd Budd won in North Carolina. Tim Scott won in South Carolina. Eric Schmitt won in Missouri. John Boozman won in Arkansas. Mike Lee won in Utah. Chuck Grassley won in Iowa. JD Vance won in Ohio. Mike Crapo won in Idaho. John Thune won in South Dakota. Ron Johnson won in Wisconsin. Todd Young won in Idaho. It was a clean sweep in Red America in states with abortion bans. Republicans might pick up a Senate seat in the Georgia runoff in December.
In the governor races, Kay Ivey won in Alabama. Brian Kemp won in Georgia. Ron DeSantis won in Florida. Henry McMaster won in South Carolina. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won in Arkansas. Bill Lee won in Tennessee. Greg Abbott won in Texas. Kevin Stitt won in Oklahoma. Mike DeWine won in Ohio. Kim Reynolds won in Iowa. Kristi Noem won in South Dakota. Brad Little won in Idaho. Arizona still hasn’t been called and Tim Michels lost in Wisconsin. In those two states, the abortion bans which went into effect were from the 19th century. It was a clean sweep in the governor races in states that banned abortion. In most cases, Democrats lost by greater margins with Florida being the most spectacular example.
In the House, it appears that Democrats have largely lost across the board in Red states with abortion bans or limits on abortion. The lone exceptions can be explained by redistricting. Mayra Flores (R) lost in Texas because of redistricting. Andy Ogles (R) picked up a House seat in Tennessee because Jim Cooper’s old seat in Nashville was gerrymandered out of existence. Bo Hines (R) lost Ted Budd’s old House seat in North Carolina which is also due to redistricting. Zach Nunn (R) flipped the last Democrat House seat in Iowa. Republicans picked up several House seats in Florida. Derrick Van Orden (R) flipped a House seat in Wisconsin. There isn’t a single House seat in all of Dixie which Democrats captured because of abortion. Republicans won a House seat in Virginia and nearly toppled Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton who represent the DC suburbs in NOVA. Virginia doesn’t have an abortion ban.
In Kentucky, Republicans expanded their supermajority in the state legislature. In North Carolina, Republicans won a supermajority in the state senate and only lack a supermajority by one vote in the state house. More importantly, they flipped the North Carolina Supreme Court which had struck down the redistricting map in that state. North Carolina will now be redrawn in time for the 2024 election which should enable the GOP to pick up several more House seats. Florida Republicans now have a supermajority in the state legislature. Alabama Republicans preserved their supermajority. Iowa Republicans have secured a supermajority in the Iowa state legislature.
Cultural geography is king.
If anything is true, the familiar fault lines are hardening. No one should be shocked that Vermont, California and Michigan enshrined abortion access into their state constitutions as those states are full of Reddit libtards, OR, that banning abortion BOOSTED the GOP across the entire South.
Note: “Journalists” don’t live in the same country that we do.