WASHINGTON — Republicans didn’t just win the White House with Donald Trump’s election Tuesday; they also retained control of the U.S. House and Senate, captured two-thirds of the nation’s legislative chambers and more governors’ offices than they’ve held in nearly a century.
Buoyed by Trump’s surprising strength, the elections set up the Republican Party to enact conservative policies and potentially cement its political power for years to come.
Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said last week’s elections portend dark days for Democrats in state and national politics – for the next two years at minimum. “The GOP emerges from this election in a totally dominant national position,” Wilson said “They control both houses of Congress, the presidency and much of the local-level politics, and they are poised to maintain a conservative Supreme Court. It also means the Democratic Party has some real soul-searching to do because they are completely shut out of power at this point.”
On the West Coast, some Democrats in Oregon and California were so despondent they moved toward ballot initiatives that would have those states secede.