While pundits are trying to downplay the blue wave election that hit last week, vote tallies are still coming in for a number of the down ballot races and showing it was considerably more of a blue wave than even we were anticipating. In Virginia, we managed to flip the House of Delegates while keeping the Senate, while in New Jersey, we managed to make gains in both the Assembly and Senate. These were the two primary races to keeping all the progress we made – but we also gave Gov. Andy Beshear a decisive win in Kentucky, and even Mississippi, where Democrats weren’t expected to win, the incumbent Republican governor only won by four points.
What was less on everyone’s radar was the state of Pennsylvania, where the liberal candidate for the state’s supreme court won by seven points, keeping the liberal majority of the court while also carrying the down ballot races. Among them was a commissioner’s seat in Dauphin County that had not flipped Democrat in over 100 years, giving the party control of its three-seat board.
With a thriving economy and being consistently on the wrong side of the culture wars, the Republicans are showing defeat after defeat in what should be winnable races – but instead Democrats are making inroads in what was once solidly Republican territory of pivotal swing states, with a number of conservative leaning school board candidates also losing their seats. 2023 not only showed that it can be done, but that it must be done, and we need to work from not until 2024 to expel Republicans from all levels of power.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making