Over the weekend, the GOP lost Ohio’s 15th Congressional district as Republican challenger Steve Stivers lost to Democratic challenger Mary Jo Kilroy.
But they held onto Louisiana’s 4th, with John Fleming beating out Paul Carmouche. And Republicans won Louisiana’s 2nd by defeating the corrupt William Jefferson, who will not be missed. But, considering how strongly Democratic this district is, I wouldn’t get too comfortable if I were Republican Rep-elect Joseph Cao.
Since Election Day, Republicans have held 2 seats, lost a seat and won another seat. Thus, they limp across the finish line of the 2008 elections having lost the White House, 7 Senate seats (with one still up in the air) and 21 House seats; since 2006, they have lost a total of at least 13 Senate seats and 55 House seats.
Meanwhile—looking toward 2010—Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced that she isn’t interested in serving in the Obama administration. This is, in fact, great news—Sebelius is term-limited out of the Governorship in 2010, which opens her up to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback. Sebelius is massively popular, so if she runs for Senate—which I expect her to—she’ll probably win.
Overall, it’s been two abysmal elections in a row for the GOP. Will 2010 shape up to be their year, or will the trend of crippling Republican defeats continue? Only time will tell.