Midterm Results and Our New Governor


Lucy Jaffee , Staff Writer

On Tuesday, November sixth, 2018, the Midterm Election was held nationwide. The night was full of many expected wins as well as some shocking results. Continuing the reign of California’s blue predecessors, Democrat Gavin Newsom was chosen as the new governor. This win is not surprising considering the backlash his opponent, John Cox, received after being endorsed by President Trump, especially in such a liberal state. Newsom’s opinion on having to work with the Trump Administration was revealed to the public in an interview by The San Diego Union Tribune. He truthfully said, “My intention is not to wake up every day attacking him (Trump), but I have no trepidation… If you follow my social media, if you haven’t looked, trust me I’m not exaggerating. No problem pushing back.” Newsom is referring to the numerous jarring tweets he has written addressed to the President and vice versa. His victory speech included multiple points negatively addressed to Trump, which evoked no reaction from the president.

Aside from his opinions on the existing government, Newsom has already discussed his primary goals as governor. The “California Values” portion of his campaign website shows his promises to advocate for gun safety, support women and the LGBTQ community, and make sure healthcare is given to all, among many other objectives. Before being elected, he was the mayor of San Francisco and led the first city-wide universal health care initiative in the United States. With its continuing success, Newsom hopes to establish something similar statewide. He also aspires to improve the treatment of California’s unauthorized immigrant population and the protection of these people. Newsom is an advocate for gun control. In response to the shooting of 12 people at a bar in Southern California, Newsom told reporters, “We can’t allow this to be normalized.” Newsom has said he will continue adding more restrictions to California’s gun policies in hopes of fewer shootings and a safer state. So far, his win has been well-received in California, but this is not surprising considering California’s liberal past.

Newsom and Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, both remained true to projection and Feinstein was re-elected the senator of California. Nationwide news showed that the Democrats had taken over the House of Representatives. Previously, the Democrats were outnumbered 241 to 195 by the Republicans. However, in the 2018 elections, the Democrats switched over 40 spots that were previously held by Republicans. On the other hand, the Republicans only switched three spots that had been held by Democrats before the election. In California, a majority of the House members remained blue. This turnout remains true to the “Blue Wave” movement surrounding the polls. A significant number of Democrats were uniting in their anti-Trump rage and encouraging people to vote blue, resulting in this “Blue Wave.” They were successful in the House of Representatives, but the Senate still has more Republicans than Democrats by five spots. Some competitive matches this year for the Senate were from the states of Florida and Arizona, both of which were also tight matches during the presidential election in 2016. In swing state Florida, Republican, Rick Scott, won, and Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema, won in Arizona. Overall, the election results were very different than some predictions, like in Florida and Arizona, but remained true to others.


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