LA Gov race.

The guy who won - Edwards - is a pro- 2AM, anti-abortion centrist who identifies as a Democrat.

He won. Just. Good for him.

Alas he's an outlier in the Dems these days. And if he's lying, he'll be a 1 term wonder.

Hey everyone, try to avoid the partisan crap. Trump is important because he shattered the GOP vs Dem establishment.

Truth is if he is honest, Edwards isn't bad for the USA. If this is what the Dems offer, they may do well.

In 2028/2032!

bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-5

@timr

Keep in mind that neither the Dems or the GOP are trustworthy groups.

Just because Trump used the GOP machine to win the Presidency, doesn't mean we support the GOP. Far from it.

We support Trump and him alone. GOP vs Dem partisan bickering means nothing.

Sure it was an Obama/Clinton op, but the GOP in cahoots ALSO tried to nix Trump in 2016.

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@REX @timr

Far from it, my friend.

Without GOP control in Congress, Trump is no more than a Christmas decoration on a house in Pennsylvania Ave.

He is the leader of the GOP and he needs the GOP to get reelected and (more importantly) to govern.

An attack on the GOP is an attack on Trump.

There is no way around that.

@Debradelai @REX @timr

I certainly do not want to live through another 4 years of torment and the stalling of Trump's efforts. I've had quite enough. I can only imagine where our country could go if Trump's policy decisions are actually enacted without stonewalling from Dims every step of the way. We have to take back the House and not just a majority of it, a super majority.

@Elaines2cents @REX @timr

As long as a sizeable number continues their muh GOP cant and insist upon unelectable candidates who pass some arcane and useless ideological test...that remains elusive.

These morons cost us the Senate in 2010 and 12 and the House in 18.

And the beat goes on.

@Debradelai @REX @timr

Marginable candidates for whatever reason the good ol' boys chose to back isn't going to win us those seats back.

I'm backing a strong GOP candidate for state senate here and we're up against the local women in office backing a Hispanic woman with absolutely no legislative experience that has little chance of winning Den Mother let alone a state senate race. We're likely to lose one of the few Republican seats we've managed to hold onto. It's infuriating.

@Elaines2cents @REX @timr

Doesn't it remind you if Christine O'Donnell?

Maybe she can campaign on not being a whitch...

@Debradelai @REX @timr

You'd think they'd learn by now. Plenty of examples out there to show them the rules have to change. And yes, O'Donnell is a perfect example.

@Debradelai @REX @timr

Watching Rispone lose by a measly 45k in votes in a state the size of LA is pathetic. There is no excuse for this.

@Elaines2cents @Debradelai @REX @timr
Unfortunately it is going to take several election cycles to shed people who don't measure up and who do not align with the Trump agenda.

@redwhitebluedude @Elaines2cents @REX @timr

It's not going to happen.

Besides, tests of ideological purity are better suited to the Komsomol.

@Debradelai @redwhitebluedude @Elaines2cents @REX @timr

Think about that jackass Akin in MO.
Ideological purity tests, at least for the GOP, doesn’t resonate. Frankly , you’re spot on. Leave that crap to the Red Guards.

@Debradelai @Elaines2cents @REX @timr

Didn't mean to suggest ideological purity test. The people who are opposed to Trump now are people who are knee deep in the corrupt ways that things have been done up to now. Those are the people that need to be swept away.

@redwhitebluedude @Elaines2cents @Debradelai @REX @timr
I don’t really understand why the Republicans allowed 2 candidates to run in the first place which led to this run off election yesterday. The combined support for the Republicans was more than enough to have avoided this in the first place. I have always heard Louisiana is a different beast but it seems Republicans allowed this to occur. Politics certainly mystify me at this point.

@Debradelai @Elaines2cents @REX @timr

Politics is the art of the possible. If you can't get what you want, get the next best thing. No candidate is perfect. Need winners... not witches...

@karnage @Debradelai @Elaines2cents @REX @timr The cool thing about 2020 is that Trump can nationalize the Congressional elections, "a vote for [pretend Dem moderate] is a vote for Pelosi and Schiff."

@Debradelai @karnage @Elaines2cents @REX @timr

Works better when they're in charge of Congress, though. Too abstract to work on the minority.

@loc1000 @karnage @Elaines2cents @REX @timr

It never works.
It did not in 06, definitely not in 08.

But go ahead. Go on living without an inkling of how our system works.

Keep on carping about "national elections" (or nationalized, or nationaljerked)...and count your loses.

The folks in, say, ME 2nd or NY 16th will continue to not give a fuck about your argument.

In the US, elections are ALWAYS local.

@Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr

Alarming to see so many seats open in 2020.

Incumbents retiring from the House. This isn't going to be a slam dunk in getting the House back. We've got hard work ahead to insure that we gain and not lose one single seat.

Democratic Party 5
Republican Party 16

More lists here:

ballotpedia.org/List_of_U.S._C

@Elaines2cents @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr

Less than usual. In 2018, 18 Democrats and 34 Republicans retired. Only 14 of those seats changed hands. 11 Rs and 3Ds.

Nothing. Nothing is more important than the local profile.

Nothing.

@Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr

True. But knowing how important it is to keep these seats, it's hard to understand why they would be walking away during this critical time. Two years goes by in a snap.

@Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr

And yes, every election is important but I'm disappointed that I don't see an alliance to our country and how important an upset is to cure the damage that has already been done with a House full of Dims.

@Elaines2cents @Debradelai @karnage @REX @timr Regardless of what many say, I DO think the impeachment/investigation noise matters on the margins enough to throw races. This is why what happens in the next several months matters a lot. Of course there's always a local component in these elections, and you can't nominate someone too far out of bounds for a district, but these days too many people still live in the media bubble.

@Elaines2cents @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr

Boredom, time for retirdment, polls telling them it's a lost cause, not enough fundraising, new girlfriend, redistricting...you are taking less than 5% renewal.

Then again, maybe people convinced them of the benefits of term limits!

I'm actually surprised anybody would be such a glutton for punishment to run for reelection anyhow.

@Debradelai @Elaines2cents @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr
Yet run they do. There must be some reason to expose themselves to the misery.

@Dogstar_K9 @Elaines2cents @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr

In case you missed it, the question referred exclusively to those who decided NOT to run, rendering your observation moot.

@Elaines2cents @Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX @timr

I wonder if deep staters are blackmailing some of them? Retire or xxxx will be leaked to The NY Times.

@Elaines2cents @Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX

True. But, the Democrats have their own unique problems here; keeping the house will also be exceptionally difficult.

The impeachment hoax will hurt many of those who won by less than two points in swing and red districts, especially with Trump on the ballot. The impeachement crowd specifically mentioned quid pro quo in self-righteous speeches. That's over.

The threat of primary challenges is still there, although it is downplayed.
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@Elaines2cents @Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX So I agree that it won't be easy to win back the house. But the Democrats are weaker than they should be and far more divided.

@timr @Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX

No doubt and the impeachment hearings are doing justifiable damage but, people need to understand this will be no easy win. People have to get their asses up and get to the polls.

LA has an estimated population of 4.7 million and we lose the governorship by 45,000 votes. That is pathetic especially in a state that holds the majority in every other political seat. I'm sure Senator Kennedy was spitting fire watching this happen.

@redwhitebluedude @timr @Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX

More registered Dims than Reps which also makes me wonder how every major office in the state is Red but a Dim squeeks by with a win for Governor 🤨

Just about every stat you can want on elections is covered by Ballotpedia. Scroll down to 'State Profile' It'll give you party control numbers from Party Control: 1992-2019 ballotpedia.org/Louisiana_Stat

@Elaines2cents @Debradelai @loc1000 @karnage @REX

I apreciate these insights. I look for the opinions of local elections from those who understand them through experience.

@Debradelai @REX @timr
Notice some people fail to distinguish the GOP pre Trump and the GOP now. Trump forced out Paul Ryan and the GOP is shedding people aligned with him.

@Jaime @Debradelai @REX @timr

@Jaime thats what i did..even though it meant voting for Will Herd..He's not running again,hopefully they will find a better candidate

@Krissy_Caster70

While there may be SOME bad Republicans, there ARE NO GOOD DEMOCRATS!

PERIOD.

This is a WAR and we need ALL of the soldiers we can get!

@Debradelai @REX @timr

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