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Five Election Day Takeaways

Parties split power in Congress & a historic election for women.

What it means

Why it matters

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DEMS TAKE THE HOUSE

  • House of Representatives control “the purse” aka your money & how it’s allocated. This means the Pres. will have to work with Democrats on $$ matters like the budget & taxes.
  • What To Watch: Who will become Speaker of the House? Will the House use its subpoena power to initiate new investigations into Pres. Trump or his team?
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GOP KEEPS THE SENATE

  • Senate approves presidential nominations to executive posts & federal courts, & controls removal of federal officials from office.
  • NOW WHAT? Senate confirms Supreme Court nominees – 2 justices are in their 80s & could be near retirement. Will the Senate have another chance to confirm a Supreme Court judge during Pres. Trump’s first term?
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RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN ELECTED TO OFFICE

Women have never held more than 107 of the 535 seats in Congress (House & Senate)

Last night voters elected AT LEAST 110 women to Congress (98 in the House & 12 in the Senate)

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HISTORIC FIRSTS

Korean-American Congresswoman: Young Kim (R-CA)

Muslim Congresswomen: Ilhan Omar (D-MN) & Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

Native American Congresswomen: Deb Haaland (D-NM) & Sharice Davis (D-KS)

Openly Gay Male Governor: Jared Polis (D-CO)

 

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PRES. ENDORSEMENTS WORKED; CELEB DIDN’T

Most of the candidates endorsed by Trump won & nearly all the candidates backed by celebrities lost including:

  • Phil Bredesen (D) – Taylor Swift
  • Beto O’Rourke (D) – Beyoncé
  • Andrew Gillum (D) – Diddy, Tiffany Haddish & DJ Khaled
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2018 LOSS, A 2020 WIN?

They Lost Their Races, But Now They’re Creating Presidential Buzz

Andrew Gillum: Dem. candidate for FL Governor (would’ve been FL’s first African-American governor) lost to Ron DeSantis.

Beto O’Rourke: Dem. candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas lost to Sen. Ted Cruz, but challenged him in a red state.

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BALLOTS ARE STILL BEING COUNTED IN MANY RACES, including the race of Georgia's governor. We'll keep you posted as we get updates!

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