So What Now?

So yeah. Shit happened.

In case you missed all the action last night, which may or may not have included me stress crying into a Wendy’s frosty, here are the results:

President: Donald J. Trump (R)

Vice President: Mike Pence (R)

US Senator from NC: Richard Burr (R)

US House District 4 from NC: David Price (D)

NC Governor: Roy Cooper (D)

NC Lt. Governor: Dan Forest (R)

Agriculture Commissioner: Steve Troxler (R)

Attorney General: Josh Stein (D)

Auditor: Beth Wood (D)

Insurance Commissioner: Mike Causey (R)

Labor Commissioner: Cherie Berry (R)

Secretary of State: Elaine Marshall (D)

Supreme Court: Mike Morgan

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Mark Johnson (R)

Treasurer: Dale Folwell (R)


The U.S. Senate

Before this election, there were 44 Democrats, 54 Republicans, and two left-leaning independents. In this election, there were 34 seats up for re-election: 24 Republican seats and 10 Democratic seats. In order to gain a majority, Democrats would have needed to secure at least 5 more seats. With the loss of virtually every tight race (sans Nevada), Democrats were only able to gain 1 seat, leaving a Republican majority in the Senate of 51 Republicans, 45 democrats, 2 independents, and inconclusive results from Louisiana and New Hampshire at the time of writing. Louisiana is due to enter a runoff between Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell and New Hampshire is still 93% reporting with a .1% lead by Trump. Regardless of what happens with those two states, there is a Republican majority in the Senate.

In 2018, the Senate re-elections are not in a favorable position for Democrats with 23 Democratic seats available, two independents, only 8 Republican seats available for re-election. In order to secure a majority, Democrats will have to win 4 more seats. North Carolina will not be re-electing a senator in 2018.


The U.S. House of Representatives

Before this election, there were 188 Democrats and 247 Republicans in the House (218 needed for a majority). The House is re-elected every 2 years, so every seat was potentially up for re-election. Currently, results have 235 Republicans and 191 Democrats winning seats in the house with 9 undetermined as of yet. North Carolina elected 3 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

In 2018, the House will be up for re-election once more.


North Carolina Senate

Before the election, the NC State Senate was comprised of 16 Democrats and 34 Republicans (26 needed for a majority). In this election, all 50 seats were up for re-election. Six Democrats and 12 Republicans ran uncontested by another major party candidate, leaving 32 spots open for re-election. At the time of writing, there are 15 Democrats elected and 34 Republicans with one district still reporting, leaving a great Republican majority in the Senate.

NC State Senators serve for two-year terms and will be up for re-election in 2018.


North Carolina House of Representatives

Before the election, the NC House of Representatives consisted of 43 Democrats and 77 Republicans (61 need for a majority). Representatives serve for 2 year terms and all 120 spots were open for re-election. Currently, there have been 45 Democrats elected and 72 Republicans with 3 districts still reporting, maintaining a Republican majority.

N.C. House Representatives serve for two-year terms and will be up for re-election in 2018.


So What Now?

These election results are pretty bad. To recap, Republicans will now control the presidency, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the N.C. House, and the N.C. Senate. At least we can say we managed to vote Pat out. But this doesn’t mean this is the end. This election was not good, but it is not the end. In order for progressive policies to be implemented, we will need to continue to fight and maybe in 2 years, maybe in 4 years, we will be able to reach out to the kinds of voters that voted for Trump and bring them onto a more progressive side. Many of those voters thought that Trump would bring back factory jobs and reduce corruption. I think they will be disillusioned over the next few years. It is then our work to make sure that they feel that our Democratic candidates will advocate for them.

So what now? Take some time. Practice self-care. Let today be a shitty ass day. We will have time to regroup and act later. Just know that when that time comes, we all better show up this time.