Mon Nov 12, 2018 AT 11:27 AM EST
Democrats went into last week’s election convinced that there were millions of untapped liberal voters who, with the right motivation, could be pushed to turn out and vote, creating the blue wave.
They found them, in places such as Florida, where a charismatic black Democrat managed to send midterm turnout soaring. Gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum received 1.2 million more votes than his predecessor on the Democratic ticket, 2014 nominee Charlie Crist.
The problem for Democrats was that Republicans kept pace, finding 1.2 million new voters in Florida as well.
Nearly the same thing happened in Georgia, where another high-profile Democrat, Stacey Abrams, bidding to be the nation’s first black female governor, found some 750,000 more votes than her predecessor in 2014. That would have been enough to win easily — except Brian Kemp boosted the Republican total by more than 620,000 votes compared with four years ago, putting him just over the automatic runoff threshold as of Sunday afternoon… Read More at The Washington Times