The Trial Lawyer Winter 2018 - Page 60

Democrats Scored Major Midterm Victories By Steven Rosenfeld The 2018 midterms were a blue wave—despite what Fox News hosts blared on the Wednesday morning following the election, mimicking the line White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered late on election day. But that wave doesn’t mean the anti-democratic features of America’s electoral process didn’t kick in, to say nothing of a catalog of intentional partisan obstructions to voting in a handful of states—led by Georgia and Florida. The first affirmation of the wave was the volume of voters. The number of votes cast total 113 million, according to Fortune and CBS News—that’s a 50.1% percent national turnout, according to CNN. That is the first midterm in which more than 100 million people voted, and the highest turnout in 100 years, also according to CNN. Back to the false assertion that this isn’t a blue wave. Democratic candidates won the popular vote for House and Senate races. According to NBC News, there were 9.5 million more votes for Democratic House candidates than Republicans, and 12.1 million more votes for Democratic Senate candidates. That’s a blue wave by any fact-based measure.