So much for a “blue wave.” While Joe Biden is still favored to become the next president of the United States, the remarkable pre-election polling errors reached a magnitude not seen since the Chicago Tribune’s infamous “Dewey Beats Truman” headline and left Democrats feeling uneasy on Wednesday.
As the country waits for ballots to be counted in the Rust Belt states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, Democrats reckoned with the fact that they lost House seats and appear to have fallen short of a Senate majority. After all that buildup, Tuesday was not a stinging rebuke of Donald Trump.
For about two hours early in the evening on election night, if you listened very closely, you could hear the whoops and yee-haws! of Texas Democrats carried with the cool November air.
As CNN, the New York Times, and other news outlets followed the presidential race, Texas was briefly in play and the dream that state Dems had flipped the state blue seemed to finally, finally, be happening.
But then reality happened. It always happens. Texas hasn’t given its 38 electoral votes to the Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy fucking Carter in 1976. …
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