Feb. 19, 2021
The 2020 election cycle has finally come to a close with Anthony Brindisi conceding his loss to Claudia Tenney in the contentious race to represent New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Claudia Tenney now reclaims the seat she held in Congress from 2017-2018 by a mere 109 votes. This close election victory is the cherry on top for what now appears to be the narrowest election results in recent history.
In 2020, Democrats won the presidency, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House, taking back full control of the federal government only four years after Republicans did the same thing in 2016. This last election cycle showed just how divided the nation is, as The Washington Post recently reported that only 90,000 votes nationwide separated the current Democratic controlled federal government from one that is completely controlled by Republicans.
Tenney’s victory adds to the already strengthened Republican minority in the House of Representatives. Not only does this narrow the Democrat majority even further, but Tenney now adds to the record setting number of female Republican Members of Congress. There are now 30 female Republicans in the House, breaking the previous record of 25.
In the 2020 elections, Republicans had been elected to 213 House seats, however the tragic passing of Luke Letlow (LA-5) and Ron Wright (TX-6) has left two of those seats vacant. Democrats also have three potential vacancies due to Cedrick Richmond (LA-2), Deb Haaland, (NM-1), and Marcia Fudge (OH-11) all being nominated to positions in the Biden administration. These changes make the current Democratic House majority a slim 219-211 split.
In the Senate, Democrats have an even narrower majority working with a 50-50 Senate that is controlled by Democrats since Vice President Kamala Harris serves as the President of the Senate and has the authority to break ties. The 50-50 Senate split was made possible by the narrow victories of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the Georgia runoff elections in January.
The good news is that those elected officials who fight for faith, family, and freedom won big this election. One hundred six of the 117 House candidates endorsed by FRC Action won—that’s a 91 percent success rate. Even better, all 74 of the incumbent House members that scored a 100 percent on the FRC Action Scorecard won re-election. Champions of social values saw similar success in the Senate as 15 of the 18 senators with perfect scores on our scorecard won re-election and over 75 percent of the candidates endorsed won their race. While elections overall were the closest they have been in years, those candidates that were willing to stand up for life, family, and religious freedom won handily.
The 2020 elections have led to the smallest governing majority for Democrats since Woodrow Wilson was president in 1917! A mere six votes (five in the House and one in the Senate) now make the difference between Democrats passing their radical liberal agenda or not. It may seem like discouraging times when one party controls so much of the federal government, but the 2020 election results demonstrate clearly that all votes matter. Whether it’s one vote in the Senate to stop a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package from funding abortion businesses, or one vote in an Iowa congressional race that was decided by six, we must continue to Pray, Vote, and Stand.