Split-ticket districts dwindle as all politics becomes more national

 Split-ticket districts dwindle as all politics becomes more national

WASHINGTON – The nationalization of our politics is now complete. Well, almost.

Daily Kos Elections completed its count of the 2020 presidential vote in all 435 congressional districts, and it found that Joe Biden carried 224 districts, while Donald Trump won 211.

That’s almost identical to the actual 222-213 partisan split in Congress that resulted after the 2020 congressional contests.

There were only 16 crossover districts in 2020 – nine Republicans hold districts that Biden carried last year, and seven Democrats represent districts that Trump won.

The other 419 congressional districts are represented by the party that won it in the presidential contest.

Those 16 crossover districts from the 2020 election are down from 35 in 2016 and 83 in 2008.

It’s just the latest data underscoring how polarized – and nationalized – our politics have become.

As we’ve pointed out before, only six states in the country now have split Senate representation, where a Democrat and a Republican both represent it in the U.S. Senate.

That’s down from 21 split states in 1993.

Bottom line: With just a few exceptions, what happens at the top of the ticket carries over to the bottom.

Meet the 16 crossover districts

Trump-Democratic congressional districts (7)

  • Maine 2 (Golden)
  • Pa. 8 (Cartwright)
  • N.J. 3 (Kim)
  • Mich. 8 (Slotkin)
  • Ill. 17 (Bustos)
  • Iowa 3 (Axne)
  • Wisc. 3 (Kind)

Biden-GOP congressional districts (9)

  • Pa. 1 (Fitzpatrick)
  • N.Y. 24 (Katko)
  • Fla. 27 (Salazar)
  • Texas 24 (Van Duyne)
  • Neb. 2 (Bacon)
  • Calif. 21 (Valadao)
  • Calif. 25 (Garcia)
  • Calif. 39 (Kim)
  • Calif. 48 (Steel)

Double standard? Or putting the guardrails back up?

Politico has a story that has Democrats charging that Neera Tanden is being held to a double standard – that Republicans (as well as Democrat Joe Manchin) are judging her past tweets by rules they didn’t apply for Donald Trump (or even former Trump Ambassador Ric Grenell, for that matter).

But writer Matt Lewis has a different take: It’s time to put the guardrails back up and hold people accountable for their actions – and their tweets.

Yes, Tanden is being held to a double standard that didn’t exist for Trump, Lewis writes.

But he argues that the alternative to that is no standards at all.

Tweet of the day

I will not lower the flags at my Department’s state offices for Rush Limbaugh. Lowering our flag should reflect unity, not division – and raising our standards, not lowering them. (https://t.co/HqtzeoUHkr)

– Nikki Fried (@nikkifried) February 22, 2021

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