Sensing the assertion that Trump underperformed Republicans down ticket was overstated at best, we looked at nationwide House votes and compared them to nationwide presidential votes for 2020. In two-way races, congressional Republicans did 0.7 points better than Trump did. And the Senate, Jamie asked:
Can we see the number of votes per Senate candidates in key states, compared to votes for Orange Hitler / Hindenburg in the same states?
The assertion goes from overstated to non-existent. Putting votes earned by the Libertarian candidate in Arkansas in the Democrat column, a state where no Democrat candidate ran, and using the results from the regular Georgia Senate election between Perdue and Ossoff for the peach state’s senatorial figures we find the president narrowly outperformed Senate Republicans. Biden beat Trump 50.4%-49.6% in the states with Senate elections, while the Democrat candidates beat the Republicans in those states 50.9%-49.1%. So while Trump did 0.7 points worse than House Republicans, he did 0.5 points better than Senate Republicans.
To the potential objection that a Libertarian standing in for a Democrat on the Senate side of things handicaps the senatorial GOP in this comparison, Republican Senator Tom Cotton outperformed Trump in the state by 2.2 points. The Libertarian candidate–a black prison chaplain, self-described social justice advocate, and strong supporter of Black Lives Matter–centered his campaign around the issue of criminal justice reform.
Most satisfyingly, Trump bested McConnell in Kentucky by 3 full points. While Trump beat Biden 63.2%-36.8%, McConnell only beat his Democrat challenger 60.2%-39.8%.
As the GOP leaves Trump to flail about impotently in his futile attempt to contest the results of the presidential election, McConnell is setting the party up for stunning losses in Georgia next week. While $3 trillion of money conjured out of thin air to spread around selectively is necessary, you see, conjuring up $4 trillion is recklessly irresponsible, entirely beyond the pale. Doubly so since the extra trillion would go directly into the pockets of Americans instead of into special interest pork barrels and into Fed-induced asset price inflation as the bulk of the initial $3 trillion is set to do. McConnel can always find money for Egypt and Israel and Pakistan and performing art centers with hundreds of millions of dollars in endowments, but nary a dime for the forgotten men and women of America.