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There’s still a lot that we don’t know about the results of this election and while it was a long night, here’s what we do know as of very early this morning:
It was not a wave election and even if Biden does win, he will have to govern a very divided nation that rejected Democratic candidates in down-ballot races. That’s no reason to despair yet, but it goes to show that progress on climate action will have to involve Republican and moderate lawmakers in Congress if it has a shot at passing.
Here are some noteworthy wins and losses that most affect climate issues:
Trump/Biden State Wins:
Ohio (Trump)–this is a state with a fracking industry as well as a manufacturing sector that Biden courted in selling his vision of a clean energy transition. The pitch wasn’t enough to sway white, working-class voters.
Arizona (Biden)–this is a state on the very frontlines of climate change and the first big state Dems gained over their 2016 tally. It’s a big win for Biden, and a signal that Democrats should lead with climate issue in Western States.
Mark Kelly (D-AZ)–a scientist and an astronaut is sent to the Senate. Out of this world!
John Hickenlooper (D-CO)–despite incumbent Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) last ditch effort to champion the Great American Outdoors Act, it wasn’t enough to win over Colorado voters grappling with devastating wildfires.
Jay Inslee (D-WA) wins reelection
Roy Cooper (D-NC) wins reelection
Cori Bush (D-MO)–Bush is a progressive Democrat and Green New Deal supporter who was endorsed by the Sunrise Movement and will likely lend her voice to the climate issues being championed by The Squad in the House of Reps.
Donna Shalala (D)–FL-27 includes over half of Miami, which is one of the most vulnerable congressional districts in the entire nation to climate change.
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)–who won her seat in Florida’s 26th district in 2018 from Republican Carlos Curbelo, in large part on climate issues lost to Republican Carlos Gimenez.
As more votes are counted we’ll bring you further updates!
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