I am a former member of the Republican Party for too many years to count. I left the party in 2016 to become one of those Independents but then in 2017, I became affiliated with the Democratic Party. I was one of those who could not stomach being associated with any organization that would be supportive of Donald J. Trump becoming the 45th US president.
He probably isn’t as wealthy as he claims and he represents every character flaw that I can possibly imagine. He has been openly courting the racists, the Xenophobes, misogynists, a major portion of his base along with White Evangelical Christians and the investor class, makes him unfit to hold his post in the White House.
I was so disappointed that the Democratic Party star Mayor Andrew Gillum of FL did not win out-rightly in his bid to become its first Black governor. What’s worse, is that he could lose to a Trumpian wannabee, Ron DeSantis. The other star, Beto O’Rourke of Texas lost his bid to become its next US senator to the likes of Ted Cruz. Even the US Rep. Devin Nunes of California ended up being re-elected.
As a Floridian, I know that there were lots of grass roots organizations who gave their all to get folks out to vote for Democratic Party candidates but it’s obvious that there is more work to be done.
But as of 11/9/18, it looks like the Florida candidates for the US Senate and the governorship will be involved in a recount due to a very close vote count.
But I’m so proud of Stacey Abrams who is still vying to become Georgia’s next governor. As of the 8th of November 2018, it looks like her opponent, the republican Brian Kemp who just happens to be Georgia’s Supervisor of Elections. is showing that he has more votes to where he has declared victory. But it is well documented that he has resorted to every trick in the book to unfairly skew the election results in his favor to where Ms. Abrams has been refusing to concede. It turns out that if the votes end up being within .5 points of each other, there would have to be a run-off election.
As per the 11/5/18 Guardian report by Adam Gabatt, “The Republican accused Democrats of attempting to “hack” Georgia’s online voter registration system but offered no evidence for the charge.”
“Reports have since emerged that a private citizen uncovered a flaw in the voting system – which Kemp controls in his state role – which would allow anyone with access to an individual’s personal information to alter that voter’s record.”
“I think, unfortunately, Secretary Kemp has not only abused his power, he has failed to do his job,” Abrams said in an interview with ABC. “And you don’t deserve a promotion when you don’t serve the people you’ve been hired to serve.”
“Abrams told CNN Kemp’s investigation was a “witch-hunt” and said it was a “complete and utter fabrication” to say Democrats were involved.”
“The news site WhoWhatWhy reported that a man claiming to be a Georgia resident had uncovered the flaw and alerted Georgia Democrats. The site reported that Democrats then shared the information with lawyers for Kemp and national intelligence officials.”
“It was only after that, WhoWhatWhy reported, that Kemp announced he was opening an investigation into Democrats for hacking.”
“The Georgia race has been tainted by accusations of voter suppression under Kemp and racially charged remarks directed at Abrams. If elected, Abrams would be the first non-white, non-male governor of Georgia and the first female African American governor in US history.”
“On 11/4/18, it was reported that racist robocalls bankrolled by white supremacists were targeting Abrams and Oprah Winfrey, who has campaigned in the state. Kemp said the calls were “vile” but on 11/5/18 Abrams criticized his response.”
“I think it’s a little late for him to repudiate racist remarks, given that he stood with someone wearing an anti-Islam T-shirt, he refused to denounce the same man earlier,” Abrams said, referring to a photo that showed Kemp standing with a man wearing a T-shirt claiming “Allah is not God”.
So far, the Democratic Party candidates have won the majority of seats in the US House of Representatives with 31 seats that were previously held by republicans. There may be more wins counted as some states are still counting ballots.
The Democratic Party has added 7 more state governors and over 350 state legislators.
But, the Republican Party is still the majority party in the US Senate.
There are 2 US Senate seats (Florida and Arizona) where the votes are close enough to warrant a recount. In Florida there is a .019 point difference between the Democratic Party candidate US Senator Bill Nelson and the former republican Governor Rick Scott.
The current Senator Bill Nelson has refused to concede the race. If the spread is less than .025, an automatic hand count will be triggered, otherwise, there will be a machine recount.
As of the evening of 11/8/18, the Democratic Party candidate Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has more votes than the Republican Party candidate Rep. Martha McSally to become the next US senator from Arizona.
Mayor Gillum has reconsidered conceding the race to his republican opponent, Ron DeSantis to become the next FL. governor. As the votes continue to be tallied, the spread between his vote count and that of Ron DeSantis keeps dwindling. A recount is a real possibility.
On November 7, 2018, President Trump held a 90 minute press conference where he acted out of sorts as he attempted to portray the major election losses as really not a big deal and of course, the losses had nothing to do with him.
But then, later he fired the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as the new shiny object for the press to cover.
This post was updated on 11/9/18.