With the close of 2018 approaching, the mid-term elections of this year are beginning to fade into history. In the News and Discussion forum, election results were covered in real time news stories. Here is a link to that thread:
At this writing, there are still unresolved issues relating to the 9th Congressional District in North Carolina and the 2nd Congressional District in Maine. News stories related to the resolution of those issues should continue to be posted in that thread.
This thread will focus on the ongoing analysis of the election results. Not so much what were the results, but the why of how of those results.
(Our Future) In his victory speech on election night, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb said he would always remember the union members who helped him defeat two Republican incumbents in one year.
“Side by side with us at each step of the way were men and women of organized labor. . . I will never forget that. I will never forget that. Thank you,” he told a cheering crowd overflowing a ballroom at the Hilton DoubleTree, 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.
In his first contest last spring, in a district that went for President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points and that had elected a Republican to the House for 15 years, Lamb received massive support in the form of door-knocking and phone banking from members of the labor union I lead, the United Steelworkers, and from several others, including the Service Employees International Union.
Lamb recalled that help when he listed his priorities on his website. They include, he wrote, “protecting Social Security and Medicare as well as fighting for good jobs and strong unions.” And he spoke with pride of his connection to labor at his victory party, “These unions have fought for decades for wages, benefits, working conditions, basic dignity and social justice. . . . You have brought me into your ranks to fight with you. . . I am proud to be right there with you.”
…In this election cycle, union workers knocked on more than 2.3 million doors and distributed 5 million fliers at more than 4,600 worksites to support labor-endorsed candidates. Many of them won. That includes more than 740 union members elected to political offices across the country, from Jacky Rosen for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat to Gretchen Whitmer and Tim Walz for governor’s offices in Michigan and Minnesota. Like Conor Lamb, these newly elected officials can be expected to honor their labor roots.