Theresa Greenfield, who was expected to oust incumbent Republican Joni Ernst, concedes after a monumental loss.

In the leadup to election day, everyone from veteran political analysts to Siberian bears forecasted that a ‘Democratic blue wave’ would sweep across the American political landscape. Not only did they predict that Joe Biden would annihilate Donald Trump in the presidential contest, but they also projected that the Democratic Party would resoundingly win control over the US Senate and expand their majority in the US house. Even Republican strategists like Bredon Buck lamented over an almost inevitable Democratic trifecta.

As polls closed and vote counts began trickling in, however, one thing became increasingly apparent. This was no blue wave…


It was at approximately 2:30 a.m. on November 9th 2016 when Hillary Clinton knew she had lost. Minutes earlier, the fatigued yet assertive Wolf Blitzer declared that CNN was projecting that billionaire Donald Trump would win the battleground state of Wisconsin — a state that had been clinched by every Democratic presidential nominee since Walter Mondale in 1984. It was over. Donald Trump was ahead in Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — more than enough electoral votes for him to become the 45th President of the United States.

Four years later, a converse dynamic is unfolding. Leading with 10% in the…

Avinash Van Dort

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