WASHINGTON – The nationalization of our policy is now complete. Well almost.
Daily Kos Elections completed its tally of the 2020 presidential vote in all 435 congressional districts, and found that Joe Biden had 224 districts, while Donald Trump won 211.
That’s nearly identical to the actual 222-213 partisan split in Congress that resulted after the 2020 Congressional races.
There were only 16 crossover districts in 2020: nine Republicans have districts that Biden won last year, and seven Democrats represent districts that Trump won.
The other 419 electoral districts are represented by the party that won it in the presidential race.
Those 16 crossover districts from the 2020 election are down from 35 in 2016 and 83 in 2008.
It is just the latest data that underscores how polarized and nationalized our policies have become.
As we have noted above, only six states in the country now have split Senate representation, where a Democrat and a Republican represent it in the United States Senate.
That’s less than 21 states divided in 1993.
Bottom line: with only a few exceptions, what happens at the top of the ticket carries over to the bottom.
Get to know the 16 crossed districts
Trump-Democratic constituencies (7)
- Maine 2 (gold)
- Pa. 8 (Cartwright)
- NJ 3 (Kim)
- Mich. 8 (Slotkin)
- Ill.17 (Busts)
- Iowa 3 (Axne)
- Wisc. 3 (kind)
Biden-GOP constituencies (9)
- Pa. 1 (Fitzpatrick)
- NY 24 (Katko)
- Fla. 27 (Salazar)
- Texas 24 (Van Duyne)
- Neb. 2 (bacon)
- Qualif. 21 (Valadao)
- Grade 25 (Garcia)
- Qualif. 39 (Kim)
- Qualif. 48 (steel)
Double standard? Or put the railings back?
Politico has a story that has Democrats accusing that Neera Tanden is being subjected to a double standard: that Republicans (as well as Democrat Joe Manchin) are judging her past tweets by rules that didn’t apply to Donald Trump (or even for former Trump ambassador). Ric Grenell, for that matter).
But writer Matt Lewis has a different take: It’s time to put the barriers back and hold people accountable for their actions and their tweets.
Yes, there is a double standard applied to Tanden that did not exist for Trump, Lewis writes.
But he argues that the alternative to that is not having standards.
Tweet of the day
Data Download: The Numbers You Need To Know Today
28,282,645: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 59,303 more than yesterday morning).
502,493: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, according to the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 1,401 more than yesterday morning.)
55,403: The number of people currently hospitalized for coronavirus in the United States.
345.6 million: The number of coronavirus tests that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers at The COVID Tracking Project.
64,177,474: Number of vaccine doses administered in the US
19,438,495: Fully vaccinated people in the US
Sixty-five: The number of days Biden has left to reach his 100-day vaccination goal.
At 1:15 pm ET, President Biden holds a panel discussion with essential black workers. Beginning at 4:00 pm ET, Biden holds, remotely, a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Joe and juice
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is casting his power for the first time in an evenly divided Senate.
On Friday, the Democratic senator announced that he would not endorse President Biden’s nominee for WBO director Neera Tanden. Quickly, Senators Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and Rob Portman followed suit. That guarantees that Tanden will not be confirmed for Biden’s cabinet, and that is if he does not withdraw his nomination before it is voted on.
Then on Monday, Manchin announced that he was undecided about how he would vote for Rep. Deb Haaland, DN.M. Haaland will appear before the Senate Department of Energy and Natural Resources today: Manchin chairs the committee.
And the number of the week is … 135
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