For all of the success of the Republican party earlier this month, there were two streaks that the GOP couldn’t touch. Democrats in Massachusetts have now won over 100 straight House races in the state, and Republicans haven’t unseated a Democrat in California since 1994.
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The two worlds are set to collide Monday evening when underdog Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) appears at the Saints-Ravens game in New Orleans to commemorate National Adoption Month and Day.
With only a few House races still outstanding (including a couple in Louisiana waiting for Dec. 6 runoffs), we have a pretty clear picture of how the 2014 elections unfolded. For example, we can now say with certainty that, despite the wave in the rest of the country, Republicans have now gone 10 cycles without beating a Democratic incumbent in California. (If it’s any consolation to California Republicans, their peers in Massachusetts haven’t won any House seats in their past 91 tries.)
In the short period after the 2014 midterm near-sweep for the Republican Party, Democrats have quickly assumed the hand-wringing worrier role that the GOP perfected two years ago. For Democrats, working-class whites assumed the role that Latino voters played for Republicans after Romney’s drubbing. (Or, compared to 2014, his light spanking.)
This summer, most people assumed that Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) would easily win reelection. He was facing two candidates who were splitting the votes of those looking for someone new to run the state, which is often the best setup a less-than-popular incumbent can hope for (see: Maine gubernatorial race). But then, the two opponents decided to join forces and form the Alaska First Unity ticket. Bill Walker, a former mayor and former Republican, ran as an independent gubernatorial candidate, and Democrat Byron Mallott joined him as the lieutenant governor candidate.
There’s a funny thing about being a rising star in politics: Sometimes your star abruptly stops rising.
As in, you lose.
Earlier this year, The Fix highlighted 40 young politicians and operatives under 40 years old who could be serious political players in the near future. We called it “40 Under 40.”
For the third time in eight years, a sitting Senate leader has survived a hard-fought reelection campaign.
Soon-to-be-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) overcame Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) by 15 points on Nov. 4, but the lopsided result masked what had been a very close race. And McConnell certainly had to work for it after rolling into the 2014 cycle with subpar approval ratings.