In Louisiana, the race for a senate seat has not yet ended.
Foster Campbell, a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate from Louisiana, still has a chance at winning in a runoff election. Should Campbell win that election, the chance at a path for victory for a Democratic majority in the senate is still possible.
In 2000, when George W. Bush won the presidency and a majority in the senate, it only took one Republican senator named James Jeffords to “flip” by changing parties to change the balance in the senate.
‘In order to best represent my state of Vermont, my own conscience and principals that I have stood for my whole life, I will leave the Republican Party and become an independent.’
Jeffords insisted that his decision was based on difficulties in the GOP because of their majority numbers for members of the party to disagree with Bush policies. As a more moderate Republican, Jeffords often disagreed with more conservative members of Congress who stood by all of Bush’s policies.
‘I understand that many people are more conservative than I am and they form the Republican Party. Given the changing nature of the national party, it has become a struggle for our leaders to deal with me and for me to deal with them.’
Therefore, Jeffords left his party. He stopped voting with other members of the GOP and voted his conscience. The minute the announcement was made, Jeffords said that he felt that a “weight has been lifted from my shoulders,” and he continued to serve in the senate and fight against policies with which he did not agree.
The balance, then, tipped. There was no longer a GOP majority in the senate.
What does all of this have to do with a Democratic senator in Louisiana? Currently, 51 Republicans won senate seats in the 2016 election, while only 46 Democrats have. While the GOP crows that they now have control of Congress, that doesn’t necessarily have to be true.
Foster Campbell would make the count stand at 51-47. There’s a difference of only four members. Should just four senators who have struggled to stand behind Donald Trump, such as John McCain, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, and many others feel the same pressure to approve policies of Donald Trump’s with which they fundamentally disagree, the control can absolutely tip once again.
We should all, everyone in every state who voted to stop Donald Trump, be watching the Louisiana runoff election. It could make all the difference between living in the America that Donald Trump promised, or the America that the majority of voters chose to live in by casting their ballots for Hillary Clinton.
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