ANALYSIS: Boris Epshteyn on the 2018 midterm elections
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News 3's Reed Cowan spoke with Sinclair Broadcast Group's Boris Epshteyn regarding the results of the 2018 midterm elections
On The Biggest Surprises of the Election:
So, the biggest surprises came out of the state of Florida, where Ron DeSantis, a Republican and former Congressman, defeated Democrat darling Andrew Gillum to become the next governor of Florida, and Rick Scott, the sitting Republican governor, appears to have defeated Bill Nelson, an incumbent Senator.
As you go around the country, Republican Scott Walker losing his Governorship in Wisconsin was a surprise. David Brat losing in Virginia was a surprise. Pete Sessions, congressman losing in Texas was a surprise.
One place where we did not have a surprise, was Senator Dean Heller, the Republican losing to Jacky Rosen in the great state of Nevada. Why? Dean Heller was a republican incumbent running in a State President Trump lost in 2016.
On what it means for Democrats winning Control of the House:
In the house, in Washington, you're going to have more gridlock, there’s no doubt of that. Divided government begins in January. Democrats in the House, Republicans in the Senate and in the White House.
The Democrats in the house have already said they want to be aggressive in pursuing President Trump’s tax returns and investigating President Trump and the White House. So there’s going to be a lot of tension and there’s going to be more gridlock, no doubt about that.
The hope is that the two parties can find things to work on and Both President Trump and past and looks like future speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi have said they want to work on infrastructure reform together. Historically, that’s been more of a bipartisan issue, so there is real hope there.
Takeaways from last night & looking at 2020:
If you look at these midterms, they went much better for republicans than midterms usually go for the party of the president in his first midterms.
The Republicans are losing the majority in the House but they’re only going to lose about 35 seats and gain several seats in the senate. So there’s a lot there for the republicans to feel good about going to 2020.
For the Democrats, they have to point to wins they had in the house across the country. A lot of different districts, even a district in Oklahoma that democrats were able to flip from red to blue. So they’re going to say they have momentum going into 2020.
Biggest Winners From Last Night:
The biggest winners were the Republican governors -- the folks from the Republican parties that held on to republican governorship. There were 36 gubernatorial seats up.
The Democrats were hoping to flip about eight to ten of those, but they were not able to do that. They only took about seven of those.