Tuesday’s midterm elections saw Republicans suffer some significant losses in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — states Trump won during the 2016 presidential election.
But Florida and Ohio stayed solidly red, highlighting a battleground state that the Democrats will need to focus on if they want to win the 2020 presidential elections.
Tuesday’s midterm elections saw many gains for the Democrats, but it was far from the “blue wave” they hoped could win them back both the House and Senate.
With the results now in, it has become clear that the Democrats didn’t break through enough to win high-profile races in Florida and Ohio, where Republicans maintained control of the governor’s mansions and in the Sunshine State’s closely watched US Senate race.
Both states swung for President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, but turned red for Trump in 2016.
On Tuesday, Democrats gained two congressional districts in Florida, but overall Republicans won in the state, 14 districts to 13, and held onto to both the Senate seat and the governorship.
In Ohio, the Republicans swept the Congressional districts 11-4 and held onto the governorship as well. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the incumbent Democrat, held onto his seat.
See the full House and Senate results here »
Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were a different story.
The Democrats flipped both governorships in both Wisconsin and Michigan and made huge gains in the House in Pennsylvania and Iowa.
Read more: Midterms 2018: Democrats took the House and the GOP held the Senate in a wild election night
Experts are already beginning to discuss just why the Democrat message didn’t resonate in Florida and Ohio.
In Ohio, the answer may be found in the governor’s race. Republican Governor-elect Mike DeWine focused on jobs and the economy, while his Democratic challenger focused on healthcare.
Trump’s star power also may have lent …read more
Source:: Business Insider