Trump Wins; Republicans Hold In Florida and Nationally
In what was perhaps the most improbable upset victory in American political history, Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election.
Florida going for Trump precipitated a domino effect as one swing state after the other – North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan – fell into his column.
The down-ballot “change” election foretold by Democrat strategists and many in the media also failed to materialize with Democrats picking up only two U.S. Senate seats and a net of six in the House – assuring a Republican majority in both chambers for the incoming president elect.
Nationally, Republicans added to their historic 2014 gains in the nation’s state legislatures with the addition of five state House chambers and two state Senate chambers in the election, while Democratic control was reduced to levels not seen since the Civil War.
Republicans are now in control of a record 67 (68 percent) of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers in the nation, more than twice the number (31) in which Democrats have a majority, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
“That’s more than at any other time in the history of the Republican Party,” according to NCSL. “They also hold more total seats, well over 4,100 of the 7,383, than they have since 1920.”
In Florida, results mirrored the national electorate. The 2017 Florida Legislature will convene with Republican majorities of 25-15 in the Senate, and 79-41 in the House of Representatives. Republicans also hold all three Cabinet seats and the governor’s office.
Florida voters also approved four of the five propose constitutional amendments on the ballot.