ACPA and AHUA Provide Insights Into Senate, House Races
The American Highway Users Association this week presented some perspectives on election results in the Senate and House. In addition to their insightful reporting, we’ve added details about a new development, which has impacted this still very fluid situation.
In North Carolina, Democratic hopeful Cal Cunningham late yesterday conceded to incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). In Alaska, incumbent Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) is ahead, but challenger Al Gross claims the math is in his favor, according to Alaska Public Media.
The two outstanding seats that will go to a January 5th runoff are in Georgia. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) will face Democrat Raphael Warnock and Senator David Perdue (R-GA) will face Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.
If Republicans hold the three still-contested seats, there will be as many as 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (including the two Independents that generally caucus with the Democrats) in the Senate, though the three undecided races could change that balance to a 50/50 split. It is likely Republicans will retain a slim Senate majority, but the final results will not be known until early January.
The House elections offered a few surprises, with Republicans picking up a number of seats and confounding blue wave predictions, AHUA says. There are several races still pending, they say, noting the slim Democratic majority in the House in 2021 will make sweeping legislation and reforms difficult to enact. As we reported in 3 Minutes on Monday, two significant results were House T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) winning a hard fight against challenger Alex Skarlatos, as well as the Highways & Transit Subcommittee Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-IL) winning re-election in a race by two-time challenger Betsy Londrigan, who was seen as a credible risk, according to several news sources.
Regardless of the outcome, ACPA and other leading stakeholder groups, including AHUA, are looking downfield and focusing on working with the 117th Congress and the new Administration to advance a long-term and robustly funded highway bill before the September 30, 2021, deadline.
ACPA’s Leif Wathne co-chairs the Highway Users’ Policy and Government Affairs Committee.
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