What Repub­li­can man­date?

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Wil­liam G. Roth­stein, Baltimore

The 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion was not a vote for the poli­cies of Don­ald Trump, who re­ceived fewer votes than Hil­lary Clin­ton (“One per­son, one vote,” Nov. 14). If the vot­ers sup­ported his poli­cies, the Re­pub­li­cans would have gained seats in Congress. In­stead, the Re­pub­li­cans lost about 10 seats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and two seats in the Se­nate. Four Repub­li­can sen­a­tors won their seats with less than 50 per­cent of the vote, so the losses could have been greater.

The Re­pub­li­cans need votes from 50 of their 52 sen­a­tors to en­act leg­is­la­tion on party lines. Some Repub­li­can sen­a­tors from ur­ban states are un­likely to sup­port con­tro­ver­sial leg­is­la­tion.

If this had been a nor­mal elec­tion, the results would have been con­sid­ered in­de­ci­sive. We shall have to see what hap­pens when the Re­pub­li­cans re­al­ize that they were not par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful in at­tract­ing votes.

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