Will the GOP Strip & Flip the 2016 Election?
By MIMI KENNEDY, BOB FITRAKIS and HARVEY WASSERMAN, READER SUPPORTED NEWS
It is midnight, Election Day, 2016.
The votes (80% of them electronic) have been cast all across the United States. Except in Hawaii, the voting stations are now closed.
By all credible calculations, the Democratic presidential candidate (Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton) has won a solid victory in the public vote. All polls have shown a strong national margin. A solid majority of the key swing states have gone to the Democrats, giving them an apparent victory in the Electoral College.
With that have come solid advances in the US Senate and House races, plus major gains in statehouses and local elections across the board.
Divisions among the Republicans, shifting demographics, revulsion against the concentration of wealth, gun issues, civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, climate chaos, green issues, and a wide range of other factors are generally viewed as the key reasons for the Democratic sweep.
But as of midnight, the Electoral College could still be flipped by six key swing states where there are Republican governors and Republican secretaries of state. Those states are Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Arizona. Taken in tandem they have more than enough electoral votes to swing the presidency, and enough clout to decide who will control the US Senate and much of the House.