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2016 Races Surprise Nationally, But State Outcomes Reinforce Status Quo: ABC PAC Contributions Significantly Impact Outcomes in Key Seats

By Rusty Paul While the 2016 national election shocked the political world with underdog GOP nominee Donald Trump capturing the White House and Republicans pulling a winning card from a deck stacked against them in U.S. Senate races, Georgia awoke November 9 to find that little had changed in the Peach State’s political landscape – at least in the partisan balance of power.   The numbers in both the House and Senate will stay precisely where they were.  House Republicans had hoped to recapture the supermajority of 120 that they lost in the 2014 elections, but they held on to the 118 seats they had November 7. Two veteran Republican representatives – Gwinnett’s Valery Clark and Americus’ Mike Cheokas lost their seats. However, Republicans picked up two Democratically held posts, leaving the numerical balance the same.   However, the election showed some cracks in the state’s Republican dominance that may have implications in future elections ...

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