In the runup to the 2020 Elections, pundits and polls speculated that America would be inundated by a Blue Wave. President Trump would be washed out of office and our legislative bodies would become flooded with ascendent liberals in repudiation of the Trump Era. What actually occurred on November 3rd was far more complicated. President Trump is currently projected to lose reelection to former Vice President, Joe Biden, but legal challenges have been filed all over the country. Anything is possible, however long the odds.
In Congress, the anticipated Blue Wave was anything but. According to USA Today, Democrats have currently won 222 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 7 races are still undecided. While 218 seats are needed for a majority, it is likely that the majority margins will be shrinking for Democrats in 2021. In the Senate, runoff elections in Georgia for the state’s two Senate seats will determine the balance of the Senate which currently projects 50 Republicans to 48 Democrats.
Veterans played a large role in Congressional races this year, with the total number of Veteran candidates running for office up 5% from the 2018 election cycle, at 182.
Here are some of the big winners, as reported by Military.com:
President Donald Trump’s former Navy physician, who retired from the service in 2019 as a rear admiral, was elected as a Republican to the Texas seat vacated by retiring House Armed Service Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry.
A Democrat, took Hawaii’s second district, previously held by Tulsi Gabbard, who is retiring following an unsuccessful presidential bid. Kahele is a decorated lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Air National Guard and the son of Hawaii state senator Gil Kahele.
Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Returning to Congress two years after having stepped down from his seat in California’s 49th Congressional district. He beat Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar to clinch the race in California’s 50th, and will succeed Duncan Hunter, who resigned amid corruption charges and was sentenced to 11 months in prison March 17. Issa is a former captain in the U.S. Army.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
Managed to hang onto her seat in one of the closest Senate races of the cycle. A former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and later the Iowa Army National Guard, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ernst faced a serious challenge from Democrat Theresa Greenfield.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Won a fourth term in the Senate despite a close race against Democrat Jamie Harrison. Graham, a retired Air Force colonel who was outmatched in campaign fundraising in recent months, has a close relationship with President Donald Trump.
Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Penn.
Held off Republican challenger Sean Parnell, himself a veteran and author of military thrillers. Lamb will be entering his second term in Congress. He’s a former captain in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve.
For a comprehensive list of every Veteran who won office in this year’s election click here.