Wednesday, June 21, 2017


HOW THE NYT AND EVERY OTHER NEWS MEDIA GOT IT WRONG


Sorry guys but right now I can only do short postings which require little effort.  I feel like I am about to be sick   My head is ready to explode.

At 7:30 p.m. Eastern time when I turned on CNN and began to channel surf between CNN, Fox and MSNBC for election returns on all three networks I heard how there was also a race in South Carolina, but it was going to be a cake walk for the Republicans and the only race to watch was the Georgia race.

The South Carolina race was systematically ignored by the mainstream press.

THE RESULTS

South Carolina was anything but a cake walk for the Republicans as had been reported by the press before the returns. In South Carolina the Republican, Norman, beat the Democrat, Parnel by 51.1 to 47.9 % of the vote.

Trump won this district with 57%.  The congressman who resigned to work for the Trump administration won by 59% in November.

Bottom line the Republicans with both wins last night hold on to their strong majority in the House.

But also it cannot be lost on anyone how the Press got the South Carolina race all wrong, and the Republicans barely held on to the seat.  The Republican in November 2018 face 21 House seats now held by Republicans but in Districts won by Hillary Clinton.  It is one thing to win a seat in a district won by Trump and with a history of being heavily Republican, and another to win a seat in a district albeit Republican won by Hillary Clinton.

OF NOTE THE GEORGIA RACE 

In Georgia the Republican Handel beat the Democrat Ossoff with a 51.9 to 48.1% margin. Not much of a difference between the Georgia and South Carolina races.

Both districts are open for reelection in November 2018.  A little more than a year away.  With these slim margins, in both elections we can expect a strong Democratic challenger.  How Norman and Handel perform over the next year and interact with Trump could decide their fate.

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