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Josh Hawley’s 2022 Election Folly
  + stars: | 2022-11-24 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
A novel explanation for the GOP’s disappointing midterm comes from Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley . There were 113.7 million votes cast for House candidates in 2018. Republicans got 51 million and Democrats 60.7 million. Though votes are still being counted in California, so far this year Republicans received 54 million votes to 50.5 million for Democrats. Democrats had an 8.6% margin over Republicans in 2018; Republicans have a 3.3% edge in 2022.
Oh, Trump Believes in Yesterday
  + stars: | 2022-11-17 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Donald Trump hates not being the center of attention. So on Tuesday he announced a third run for the presidency, even though Republicans rightly worry his announcement will change the Georgia Senate runoff from a referendum on President Biden to one on Mr. Trump. Fox News exit polls in Georgia showed Mr. Trump’s favorables were 44% and his unfavorables 54%, with 45% very unfavorable. Even some of the former president’s supporters hoped he would stay off the stage at least until after the runoff. But seething from the defeat of so many of his endorsed candidates, and agitated that the spotlight was on other potential 2024 GOP contenders, Mr. Trump filed to run hours after one of his favorite candidates, Kari Lake , was declared the loser in the Arizona governor’s race.
With No Red Wave, Trump Is Out at Sea
  + stars: | 2022-11-10 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
The red wave never came. What happened in Tuesday’s midterms was closer to a trickle. As of this writing, we still don’t know definitively which party controls the House. It’s likely to be the Republicans but not by much. Before Tuesday, the House had 222 Democrats (that includes two vacant Democratic seats) and 213 Republicans (including one vacant Republican seat).
What to Expect in the 2022 Midterms
  + stars: | 2022-11-03 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Here’s what I’ll be looking for Tuesday as I watch election returns at Fox News in New York. When polls close Tuesday at 6 p.m. EST in parts of Indiana and Kentucky (both states are split between time zones), I’ll compare what each Democrat and Republican hopeful receives to what their parties’ presidential candidate got in 2020. That’s something to watch across the board. In districts or states where Joe Biden’s margin is smaller than this year’s Democratic candidates’, that indicates it could be a bad night for their party.
Biden’s Losing Midterm Message for Democrats
  + stars: | 2022-10-27 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Over the past week, President Biden laid out his party’s closing campaign message, providing Democratic candidates with a template to help them power through the election’s final days. It wasn’t pretty. Mr. Biden began with a Democratic National Committee event at Washington’s Howard Theatre on Oct. 18, telling the crowd, “The first bill that I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade.” Abortion will be his top priority in 2023. “If you care about the right to choose,” he said, “then you got to vote.”
Democrats Run for the Memory Hole
  + stars: | 2022-10-20 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Rarely do candidates admit they’ve changed their minds about extreme views they once held. More often, they ignore what they previously said, as if they have always held reasonable opinions. What’s unusual about this election cycle is how many high-profile Democrats—even in this era of video and social-media archives—claim Republicans are lying when they remind voters of their old, now-unfashionable positions. Following George Floyd ’s death in 2020 in Minnesota’s largest city, the Minneapolis City Council moved to dismantle the police department. At a Twin Cities rally, one activist declared: “We’re safer without armed, unaccountable patrols supported by the state hunting black people.”
Pelosi Tries to Smile Through the 2022 Midterms
  + stars: | 2022-10-13 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
The election is less than four weeks away. Now is when the politically desperate typically try to fight despondency with flights of fancy, which might explain House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s optimism on Stephen Colbert ’s “The Late Show” last week. Mrs. Pelosi claimed that because Democrats have better organization, superior messaging and more money, “we will hold the House, by winning more seats.”
How Big Will the GOP House Majority Be After the Midterms?
  + stars: | 2022-09-29 | by ( Karl Rove | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +1 min
There’s a point in every election when candidates realize they’re locked into their strategy and there’s no time for major changes. We’re there for the midterms, now less than six weeks away. All that’s left is for candidates to execute their plans, hoping they’ll bring victory. GOP candidates are focused on the economy (especially inflation), crime and the border crisis. They’re avoiding abortion, election laws and the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
GOP strategist Karl Rove said the Texas abortion law that bans the procedure after 6 weeks is "extremist." He said the ban will "create a real problem for Republicans" during the state's legislative session beginning in January. Some state lawmakers have said they would vote to add a rape exception, the Texas Tribune reported. "Do you think Texas is too extremist?" According to the Tribune, Rove said that he supports the Supreme Court's ruling and that abortion regulations should be a state's rights issue.
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