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Thomas Gallatin / November 11, 2020

Threading the Election Needle

GOP gains in Congress, while Trump refuses to concede and takes matters to the courts.

We’ll start with Congress, where Republicans are now two steps closer to maintaining their Senate majority. First, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis defeated his Democrat challenger Cal Cunningham, who conceded the race yesterday afternoon. Second, this morning, Alaska Republican incumbent Senator Dan Sullivan prevailed over his Democrat opponent, Al Gross. These results now secure 50 seats for Republicans, with two remaining runoff elections in Georgia to determine who controls the Senate.

The runoffs in Georgia will likely be extremely tight, as Democrats plan to pump in cash and energy to take those seats, and they’ll get a lot of help from the mainstream media. They will need both in order to control the Senate via the tie-breaker vote from Kamala Harris should she and Joe Biden officially win the election. Fortunately, however, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) threw cold water on the Dems’ more radical plans, as he declared he would not vote to pack the courts, add states, or end the filibuster.

In the U.S. House, Democrats have officially won the 218 seats needed to hold onto their majority, though just how slim that majority is remains to be seen — Republicans have successfully netted six seats, with the strong likelihood of adding at least three more. When all is said and done, Democrats are expected to win somewhere between 220 and 225 seats. The results completely blindsided House Democrats, leading to the hard-left and moderate factions within the party blaming each other for the losses. Assuming a Biden victory, the Republicans will be nicely positioned for gaining control of the House in 2022.

As far as the presidential race, President Donald Trump has continued to steadfastly refuse to concede, and for good reason, as the massive number of instances of voting irregularities need to be investigated. Meanwhile, the mainstream media has maintained the false narrative that there were no voting shenanigans, blasting Trump for refusing to concede. Biden is calling Trump’s completely legal and constitutional actions “an embarrassment.” He added, “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hit back at Democrats for complaining over Trump’s refusal to concede. McConnell pointedly observed, “Let’s have no lectures about how the president should immediately [and] cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election … and who insinuated this one would be illegitimate, too, if they lost again. Let’s have no lectures on this subject from that contingent.”

Irrespective of Biden’s and the MSM’s insistence, the election is not over as long as outstanding votes are still being counted — particularly in Arizona, where the spread between Biden and Trump has dwindled to less than 13,000 votes, and Georgia, where a recount is imminent. Furthermore, North Carolina and Alaska have now been called for Trump, giving the president 232 electoral votes to Biden’s 279, but, importantly, Biden’s total includes Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, which Trump has legally challenged over concerns of significant claims of voter fraud. Trump’s campaign has also filed a federal lawsuit challenging the results in Michigan.

In short, this election is far from over, and we are still weeks away from either man being officially declared president.

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