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“We learned nothing from the midterms if this is how we’re going to operate in the first week. Millions of women across the board were angry over overturning Roe v. Wade. I represent a district that the vast majority of people, men and women alike, did not agree with it.”
— Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), quoted by Politico.
At least 50 women have won election to the state legislature, and a 51st is leading in her bid for a state Senate seat in Colorado Springs. That would make Colorado the second state — after Nevada — to have elected a majority-female legislature, Pluribus News reports.
“It turns out that trying to overturn an election is not wildly popular with the American people.”
— GOP pollster Whit Ayres, quoted by the Associated Press.
“Donald Trump hoarded $94 million this election in his various political committees as his anointed candidates lost the Senate for Republicans in tight races where that money might have made the difference between winning and losing,” the HuffPost reports. Said one Trump adviser: “We didn’t lose because of Trump’s rhetoric. We lost because Trump is cheap. He left them all hanging dry …. It gave a free shot for all the right-wing pundits to turn on him.”
“It’s basically the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race. And it’s like, three strikes, you’re out. … The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Donald Trump kept saying we’re gonna be winning so much we’re gonna get tired of winning. I’m tired of losing. That’s all he’s done.”
— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, to the Washington Post. (R)
“We’ve seen the affirmation of the president’s agenda, vindication of his message, and rejection of so many election deniers. So yes, you could say the White House is in a pretty good mood.”
— White House adviser Anita Dunn, quoted by the New York Times.
“I realized, oh my goodness, she won 51% to 46%. And if only 5% of the voters switched their vote in 2020, she would have lost. On top of that, she didn’t even win her home county. Those who know her best don’t care for her, and a lot more people know more now than they did in 2020 and not for good reason. And so that was one data point.”
— Semafor interviewed Adam Frisch (D), who is on the verge of beating Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), on why he challenged her.
“Nearly two-thirds of donations to U.S. Senate candidates in this election cycle have come from out-of-state contributors instead of from possible constituents, reflecting an intense political tribalism in which control of Congress is prioritized over local issues,” Bloomberg reports.
“God, give some of our Republican friends some enlightenment.”
— President Joe Biden, campaigning in Florida Tuesday, the AP reports.
“I understand why you might be worried about the course of the country. Sometimes it’s tempting just to tune out, watch football, watch ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ I’m here to tell you tuning out is not an option.”
— Barack Obama, quoted by the Detroit News.