Losses in state, federal legislative races likely to have long-term impact on Democratic Party: Report

Despite polling data suggesting Democrats would see gains in their legislative majority on Election Day, voters seemed to have a different plan in mind.

Instead of increasing their advantage in the House of Representatives and on the state level, the Democratic Party, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), ended up losing seats in this year’s elections. And according to one writer, considering the fact that 2020 is a census year, those losses could have serious consequences for Democrats going forward.

Major consequences

As RedState’s Jennifer Oliver O’Connell argued in a Tuesday piece, the election results are likely to be a “good thing” for Republicans when state legislatures are tasked with drawing up new congressional districts in 2021.

“Because of the shift and exodus of people out of California, this state is looking to lose at least one congressional seat, and potentially two,” O’Connell wrote.

As the writer further noted, the GOP “now controls most of the nation’s state houses,” which gives the party increased opportunity to redraw districts that benefit its members. In fact, O’Connell asserted that Republican influence in deciding these district lines could “change the electoral map for decades to come.”

O’Connell wrote that the impact is likely to be “huge” in Texas, for example, following its increase to a projected 39 congressional seats.

As for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democratic Party is similarly coming to grips with underwhelming election results in races nationwide.

Losses for Dems

Although Pelosi is expected to retain her title and a slim majority for her party in the House, progressive and moderate factions on that side of the aisle are trading blame for the loss — or near-loss — of races they expected to win handily.

For her part, moderate Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) sounded off on party leaders for the far-left shift in the Democratic platform.

“From a congressional standpoint, it was a failure,” she said, according to ABC News. “It was not a success… We lost members we shouldn’t have lost.”

Going forward, Spanberger urged fellow Democrats to “commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again'” and similarly stay away from “the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism.'”

But in a sign of infighting to come, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defended the far-left wing she has helped define in recent years, according to ABC, telling Spanberger: “Don’t blame myself and others who are fighting for issues that matter to our communities. We need to do a real autopsy and dig through it.”

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