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    • Any system that actually works to discourage voters from voting by putting so many hurdles for them to jump to actually vote and jerry manders the vote, to me sucks. Sorry.

    • That's ~4M people that voted, out of the ~7M that live here.

      The $90M for a single race was not all local funding.

      Our archaic systems will allow everyone to cool off a bit longer before that race is settled. 300,000 votes to count.

    • Hello,

      It was at 11.30pm on Tuesday night that President Trump tweeted, 'Tremendous success last night. Thank you all!'. This was certainly a novel way of assessing the Republicans' performance in the mid-terms elections. They lost the House of Representatives, and key governorships in Kansas, New Mexico, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois and Wisconsin. And while they did increase their Senate majority they only polled 33 million votes in those races against the Democrats' 45 million. Such is the peculiar make-up of the Senate's electoral college that the Republicans can claim victory with 41% of the vote against the Democrats' 56%.

      And this is where the Guardian comes in. Luckily you don't have to rely on President Trump's reading of the electoral runes to work out what happened during the elections. We've been trying to do just that on your behalf, and will continue to do so over the next days and weeks.

      That will involve some harsh lessons for the Republicans - is doubling down on your base really enough to get you another victory in 2020? But there are lessons for the Democrats too. Why is it that the Democrats don't have a single statewide elected official in Florida, a crucial stop on the road to the White House? Why are they continuing to lose ground in rural, white, male America? After a period of maximum provocation and extreme rhetoric from President Trump in the run-up to the midterms the Democrats still failed to deliver a knockout blow in key bellwether states.

      But mostly it's a harsh lesson for America. Because the lesson of Tuesday night is that the divisions that are pulling this country apart were made more apparent than ever. As acclaimed author Anand Giridharadas said as the result became apparent; 'The results suggest a country that is on a knife's edge - basically 50-50 - on the acceptability of racism, nativism, demagogy, lies, chauvinism, abuse of power, cruelty and corruption.'

      The lessons for America are stark; while the Republicans are targeting white male and rural voters, the Democrats are winning with women, minorities, suburban liberals and the young. These two camps and philosophies are being driven further apart. America feels split down the middle. Can anyone, or anything, bring them closer together. Whatever the opposite of 'we're all this in together' feels like the new motto for a disunited states.

      These, and many other issues, themes and personalities (Beto for 2020?) are among the ones we'll be teasing out over the next days, weeks and months. Within hours of the results - and in real time on our live blog - we already had a huge volume of reports, analysis and opinion from all corners of the country trying to make sense of what happened over the course of the past few days.

      We'll aim to be there with you over the course of the next two years as 2020 hoves into view too. But for now, all I can say to our dedicated Guardian staff, and to our committed and loyal readers without whom we'd simply couldn't do the work we do: 'Tremendous success last night. Thank you all!'

      John Mulholland,
      Guardian US

    • Wow, JPP, at first I thought you wrote that and I was seriously admiring your ability to write. 🙂

      I am somewhat encouraged for a lot of reasons. For one, say what you will about Trump, he got out the vote. For another, the votes showed how the majority feels, it's just that we have a system that @Richard pointed out protects against the tyranny of the majority. The majority is a growing proportion of the population and they lean in the direction of decency and equality.

      And Trump had on his side a booming economy and comparative peace.

      I've done my very best to understand older rural white males and probably the most effective thing I've done is to spend time with them because they are my extended family. The ones I know are kind, patriotic people who would do anything for their neighbors and country — many have. It's just that they are misinformed. They believe, for example, the invaders in Mexico currently marching to the U.S. have Middle Easterners, gang members and diseases like smallpox and leprosy. The President and their most trusted source of news told them that.

      What does worry me, however, is the rise of young white urban white supremacists and white male mass shooters. Where are they coming from?

    • Didn't your rural relatives have different attitudes from your attitudes in 2014?

      (The reason I chose 2014 instead of 2015, is that Trump made a lot of speeches in 2015.)

      Both the rural people and the urban people have believed for many years that the other group is clueless. If you were able to travel back in time to 2014 and listen invisibly to your rural relatives, they probably would have talked about how misinformed you are (in their estimation).

      The problem that America has is that a large percentage of Americans on both sides of every issue view the other side as living in a fantasy world.

      And Trump and his spokespeople didn't start this problem. They have exacerbated it. They have fed the flames, but they did not light the fire.

      Urban people believe that places like Colorado and Wyoming and other rural areas should be politically disenfranchised because very few people live there. But just as those people who live in Colorado and Wyoming have no idea of the problems which you encounter on a daily basis due to living in an urban area, you are equally clueless as to what it is like to live 365 days a year in an isolated area of sparse population.

      It was this attitude which led to the American Revolution of 1776. I realize that sounds strange but hear me out.

      Thirty years before the revolution, those who lived in the 13 colonies viewed themselves as British citizens. Part of the great British Empire which spanned the globe. They were patriotic in their attitudes towards the King of the empire

      But like Wyoming and Colorado, there were fewer people living in the colonies than those who lived in England, Scotland, Wales, etc. The majority of British citizens lived in the British Isles and they elected people to parliament. Because there were more of them and because they were more educated, more cultured, more civilized and more aristocratic than the misinformed and clueless colonists, they naturally passed laws that were better laws than if the colonists had passed laws.

      The result was the Revolution of 1776.

      We need less arrogance, less snobbishness and more attempts to find subjects on which there is agreement.

    • Indeed and yes i am no writer🤣 But we are seeing similar things happening in our government here in OZ that concerns me no end, It appears to be a universal thing perpertrated by whom? look at Brexit ? Is this all some form of destabilising move by the Russians? or maybe China? Or am i just being a little paranoid?

    • I live in Silicon Valley so our friends work at YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Medium, etc., and they all deal with the weaponization of social media. For nation states, special interest groups, political leaders, etc., it has become a very important part of their strategy. It's an arms race with both sides having teams dedicated to it.

      I know, some people will say it's nothing new, it's been going on for centuries. But this is a different war fought with different technology, something very different from TV and newspapers.