November 3rd came and went, and we’re still waiting for results in many states and the results of the presidential election. This is, of course, to be expected, since we’re still in the midst of a pandemic and there were many absentee or mail-in ballots cast. 

But, we did get some information last night–on actual election night–or the morning after. Let’s break it down while we wait for official results on who’s going to occupy the White House come January 2021. 

First off, Democrats anticipated sweeping the country in a “blue wave” and that simply didn’t happen. Several “challenged” Republicans kept their House and Senate seats. Several “battleground” states were called for President Trump despite concerns about them turning blue. 

The Presidency

As of the writing of this article, on the morning of November 4th, President Trump has won the following states: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Idaho, Iowa, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida. 

Biden won the suspected Blue states–Washington, Oregon, California, New York, New Hampshire, and other New England states–as well as “battleground” states like Maine, Virginia, Arizona, and Minnesota. 


Going into the night,  Republicans held the Senate, and Democrats held the House, and that hasn’t changed drastically yet. 

The Senate

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won his re-election campaign. So did Lindsay Graham, Jim Risch, Steve Daines, Shelley Moore Capito, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Bill Cassidy, John Cornyn, Jim Inhofe, Mike Rounds, Ben Sasse, and Joni Ernst. 

Republicans also took back the Alabama Senate seat, defeating incumbent one-term Senator Doug Jones. 

The special Georgia Senate Race–where appointed Senator Kelly Loeffler is seeking to keep the seat–is expected to go to a run-off. 

Democrats flipped two seats–Mark Kelly defeated appointed Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona, and former governor John Hinckenlooper defeated Sen. Cory Gardner in Colorado. 

We’re still awaiting final results in Senate races in Maine, Georgia, Alaska, North Carolina, and Michigan. 

The House

Democrats held the House by 35 seats over Republicans.  

As of the writing of this article, Democrats flipped 2 seats, Republicans flipped 6, and that’s a net gain of 4 seats for Republicans, with lots of results still pending. 

Seeing this map, from the NY times, should really hearten Republicans around the country. So much red! So many conservative House members, including lots of Republican women elected.

Some highlights include the re-election of Elise Stefanik, the election of Nany Mace in South Carolina, Michelle Fischbach flipped her Minnesota district red, and Stephanie Bice in Oklahoma beating the Democrat incumbent too.


There were 11 races for governors this year, and with the results so far, one flipped from Democrat to Republican. 

Steve Bullock, the current governor of Montana, was not running for re-election. Steve Gianforte, Republican Represenative from the State, won the election against Democrat Mike Cooney. 

Incumbent governors won another term in North Carolina, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indiana, Washington, North Dakota, and Missouri. 

A new Republican governor was elected in Utah. 

Looking forward

Be sure to tune in to FFL in the coming days and weeks for more coverage of this year’s election results–including the race for the White House–and a celebration of the conservative women making moves.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member