The post-election vote counting continues to bring bad news for Democrats.
And it continues to come in unexpected places.
Now the Democrats waved the white flag of surrender in one fight everyone thought they won.
Democrats’ path to retaking the United States Senate continues to close off.
North Carolina Republican incumbent Thom Tillis led Democrat challenger Cal Cunningham by just under 100,000 votes on election night.
One week later Cunningham finally conceded.
“I just called Senator Tillis to congratulate him on winning re-election to a second term in the U.S. Senate and wished him and his family the best in their continued service in the months and years ahead,” Cunningham wrote in a statement admitting defeat.
Democrats never thought they were going to lose the North Carolina Senate race.
Poll after poll showed Cunningham leading Tillis and Joe Biden besting Donald Trump in North Carolina.
Since so few voters split their tickets when casting ballots, polls showing Joe Biden on track to win in North Carolina almost certainly meant that Cunningham would oust Tillis in a race Democrats had to win to retake the majority in the U.S. Senate.
And the Real Clear Politics polling averages showed Cunningham leading Tillis by 2.6 points.
But in the final weeks of the campaign, the National Pulse published text messages allegedly proving that Cunningham – a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves – carried on an affair with the wife of another veteran.
This scandal tanked Cunningham’s favorability ratings in the weeks before the election.
The polls in the Senate and presidential race were also wrong.
Senator Tillis led by 1.7 points when the votes were counted for a polling miss of over four points in the Senate race.
In the Iowa and Maine Senate races the polls were off by even more substantial amounts.
Real Clear Politics showed Republican Senator Joni Ernst leading by an average of 1.4 percent going into Election Day.
Ernst won by nearly seven points in a comfortable victory.
The Maine polls were even worse.
Maine RINO Susan Collins never led Democrat challenger Sara Gideon in over a year.
In September Quinnipiac put out a poll showing Gideon leading Collins by 12 points.
The media chalked that race up in the Democrats’ column and assumed Gideon would oust Collins.
But when the votes were counted Collins cruised to a nine point route.
Polls also showed Democrats in Kansas, South Carolina, Alaska, and Montana running close with their Republican opponents.
Each race saw the Republican win in a blowout.
Democrats are going to spend the aftermath of a third consecutive Senate cycle wondering what went wrong and demanding to know why Chuck Schumer could not guide the party back into the majority.
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