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Massive Loss For Democrats: As They Suffer Vicious Defeat In The Face Of Recounts; “…This Is Not The Outcome We Hoped For…”

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The stage seems to be set for the Democrats to be torn apart come midterms. We reported earlier this year that Michigan Democrat Congresswoman Rep. Brenda Lawrence on Tuesday announced that she is retiring from Congress at the end of her term, ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections.

This makes Rep. Lawrence the 25th House Democrat who has announced retirement before the mid-terms.“ This year marks my 30th year in elected public service, and I’ve had the good fortune of serving Michiganders on the local and national level. After reflecting on my journey & having conversations with my family, I’m announcing that I will not be seeking re-election to Congress.” She told The Detroit News that she is planning to be involved with women’s issues after 2023.

Now, it is being reported by ConservativeBrief that in what is likely to become a common theme for them as the 2022 midterms approach, they were disappointed with the results, The Associated Press reported.

In last month’s elections, Republicans swept the races in Virginia for the state’s legislature which gave the GOP control over that branch and now a three-judge panel has upheld the victory.

The Republicans also won the positions of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, marking a comeback for the GOP who had not won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009.

The Democrats are still ahead 21 – 19 in the state Senate, whose elections will not be held until 2023, keeping the state legislature split between the two parties.

The certified results from the election showed Republicans leading in 52 districts and the Democrats leading in 48. The recount in the 85th District race resulted in Democratic incumbent Alex Askew gaining 12 votes, but he still trailed Republican challenger Karen Greenhalgh by 115 votes. There was one contested ballot. The panel found that the intent of the voter was unclear, so that ballot was not counted for either candidate.

After Democrats requested recounts in two races with razor-thin margins, that left open the remote possibility of a 50-50 split.

Though the second recount, in the 91st District, is still expected to proceed next week, Democrats no longer have a shot at undoing the GOP’s majority. Askew is an incumbent freshmen first elected in 2019, when Democrats flipped both the House and Senate.

Askew accepted his defeat after the results of the recount were made official as he thanked those who had worked with and supported him.

“While this is not the outcome we hoped for, I continue to be filled with optimism for the future of our Commonwealth and of the city of Virginia Beach,” he said.

Republicans celebrated the victory and their new majority in the Virginia House.


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