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One race that shows how the Democrats beat the red tide

One race that shows how the Democrats beat the red tide

One race that shows how the Democrats beat the red tide

It was well after midnight.

The war room had the manic atmosphere of a high school, where spreadsheets constantly sent employees jumping out of their chairs and high-fiving “f— yeah!” and sometimes Grundhauser silences them. Along with the good news for the team came some bad news for other Democrats, though not so much in the end; Slotkin returned to the room after a prank tour and got some good news from south Lyon, when CNN called the loss of her friend Virginia Rep. Elaine Luria, another Democrat with national security. Slotkin briefly turned her attention away from her good news. “That’s a real kick in the jimmies.” But the lists posted on one wall of competitive Democratic races mostly showed victories, as Cook tracked races across the country and systematically circled Democratic winners in blue.

After 1 a.m., the last of the intrepid party-goers retreated, and the remaining hard core of staff and family received a final table reading and update from Slotkin herself. She still lost by 9,000 votes, but felt “extremely confident” – all the votes were from polling stations that favored her. The push to the polls at Michigan State resulted in hours-long waits on campus, but some students stayed in line for up to three hours after the polls closed to vote. A 13-vote victory in Howell, of all places, vindicated the theory of showing up in red territory, and there was a nice counter-extremist ring to the idea of ​​a Jewish woman winning in former KKK territory.

And then, right around 3 o’clock in the morning, the first big batch of absentee votes started coming in from Ingham County, and it was moving forward. She and her team knew then that it was over. So did her opponent, state Sen. Tom Barrett, very quickly, who called her to confess at 3:30 a.m., in a conversation that Slotkin described to reporters as “brief” and “polite.” (Barrett raised questions about Biden’s 150,000-vote victory in Michigan in 2020 and visited the Trump White House days after the election to discuss the results, so the concession was noteworthy.)

As for the lessons of her race at the national level, she was still sorting through the implications. Midwestern Democrats had an unusually good night, including encouraging results in House races in Michigan, Ohio and Kansas. But several coastal Democrats, including the head of the congressional campaign’s New York branch, lost. “I don’t fully understand it,” Slotkin said. “But I can just say for the Midwest, you can’t have a full conversation in this part of the world unless you’re talking about the economy and the future of work. … You have to take current issues and make sure they are relevant to someone’s real life. And I think in the Midwest we’ve been able to do that.”

Results elsewhere showed that, while it may have been necessary, such a message was not sufficient: US Representative. Tim Ryan he lost his Senate race against Trump-endorsed candidate JD Vance in Ohio. But he also exceeded expectations.

Slotkin still wants an America of two sane parties fighting over real, actual policy, not least because she’s eager to enact policies to get things done in Michigan. She told me that Michiganders have been warning about supply chain outsourcing for 30 years and that Covid has dramatically proven them right, not only in the mask fight, but also in the microchip shortages that have shut down GM auto plants in her district. “I think a lot of people in Washington are talking about supply chain issues, and microchipping in particular, as a policy issue. Here it is a question of economic security. In this country, it’s like whether you go to work tomorrow or not, you don’t earn your full salary if you sit at home.”

She also noted the national security implications: It’s not as if supply chains have been moved to Canada, but to China and places that are vulnerable to China. The US has law and policy around military equipment supply chains. “We cannot hand over our tanks to China. But so, I extrapolate the same kind of politics when I think about certain critical items.” This includes food; she is seriously considering joining the Board of Agriculture. “I think we have to treat our food security as a matter of national security.”

The next Congress was still in shape when Slotkin and I spoke by phone for the last time on Thursday. Republicans looked set to take a narrow majority, which some speculate could spell an era of Republican disarray: Internal divisions could limit the caucus’s ability to pass legislation, as it did for a narrow Democratic majority for much of 2020. “I hope that [Republicans] don’t spend the next two years running investigations of Hunter Biden and they actually want to show the American people that they can govern,” especially after spending much of the midterm cycle talking about the economy. “But if they go down that road, we’re going to have to let them carry their own rope.”

The good news was that she wasn’t aware of any major races where the results were disputed — even the 2020 primary skeptics in Michigan acknowledged their races. “I personally believe that Michigan and other places have shown that we are returning to a more practical and sensible approach to electing officials.” However, if she didn’t, she knew what her role was.

“What I can do is win.”



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