4 Midterm Races Where Karma Won

If you listen too long to national pundits, you may think that there wasn’t a blue wave on Election Day.

They will point to the loss of a few seats in the Senate to Republicans, without reminding voters how many Democratic seats were being defending in red states in the first place. They will argue that Democrats barely flipped the House, without mentioning that they overcame a 25-seat deficit. And they will note losses in the governor’s races in Florida and Georgia, without noting that those races are still uncalled — and that Democrats flipped the governor’s mansion in seven other states across the nation.

But even without all of those victories, there were some truly heartwarming wins for the left, as GOP incumbents lost to newcomers in ways that could only be described as “poetic justice.”

Here are four races that prove that karma really does exist:

1. Kim Davis loses her clerkship — to the man she refused to let marry.

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis became a cause celebre of the religious right in 2015 when she went to jail rather than do her job and sign a marriage license for two men to marry. Davis and her supporters attempted to declare that her religious liberty was at stake, but the courts disagreed.

Now, Davis will no longer have to worry about being forced to go against her religious beliefs in her job. She lost her re-election bid to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. – the same man who Davis tried to block from marrying his partner.

2. Misogynist, homophobic Congressman Jason Lewis ousted by a lesbian.

Before he successfully won a seat in Congress, Jason Lewis was a local right-wing shock jock radio host who fancied himself a mini-Rush Limbaugh. With a Republican-leaning district and President Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in 2016, Lewis was able to secure a victory in his first race — but his past came back to haunt him when he faced off again against Angie Craig in the midterms. Old talk show clips reminded voters of how he used to refer to women as “sluts” and compare homosexuals to rapists.

Now, Lewis is heading back to Minnesota, and his seat will be filled by an openly lesbian woman.

3. Kris Kobach loses race for governor to Democrat — and God.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should have been on a smooth path to winning the Kansas governor’s race. After all, the state was highly supportive of Kobach’s close ally President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, his rival, Democrat Laura Kelly, was running a highly progressive, leftist campaign,

Kobach, seemed pretty sure that God was in the GOP’s corner.

According to the Kansas City Star, he argued:

The way we win is we rack up our numbers and we get our Republicans out to vote. If Republicans vote in big numbers, we win a statewide election. It’s just that simple. We’ve got to get our people out to vote. …What we are doing, what we are fighting for are things that are part of a cause greater than the Republican Party, part of a cause greater than the United States, so I need you to pray, and that will carry the day.

But God had other plans. Kelly was the Election Day victor, and she will be the state’s next governor. As for Kobach? “This one wasn’t God’s will,” he admitted, conceding.

4. Scott Walker can’t get a recount.

Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker has survived a lot of elections by the skin of his teeth. He barely won his first race in 2010, only making it through because of extremely low voter turnout and a Republican Tea Party wave. Then he was battered by multiple recall attempts, again just managing to hold onto his office — and all the while dismantling unions, reproductive rights and education.

Now, Walker has lost his reelection bid in the narrowest of margins to Democrat Tony Evers — but he’ll never know for sure just how close it really was. Why? Because in order to protect President Donald Trump’s narrow 2016 victory, he signed a law forbidding automatic recounts unless the results differ more than 1 percent.

According to Business Insider:

With 99 percent of precincts reporting on Wednesday morning, the Democrat Tony Evers narrowly led Walker, 49.6 percent to 48.4 percent. The gap was 1.2 percentage points, or about 31,000 votes out of the more than 2.6 million cast in the election.

If he wants an actual recount, Walker will have to pay for that privilege out of pocket — and he has no one but himself to blame.

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64 comments

Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D4 days ago

How much do I love karma??? Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much!!!! Happy dance and big smile.

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Debra G
Debra G10 days ago

I did a Happy Dance when it was announced that Walker and Kobach lost. Don’t know about karma, but America showed some good sense.

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Ruth R
Ruth R10 days ago

OK. Thanks.

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Janis K
Janis K10 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Paula A
Paula A10 days ago

thanks for posting

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Toni W
Toni W10 days ago

TYFS

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Toni W
Toni W10 days ago

TYFS

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Carole R
Carole R11 days ago

What goes around comes around. Always be kind.

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Shirley P
Shirley Plowman11 days ago

YES IT HAPPENS AND I AM SO RELIEVED!! A HUGE PLUS TO MAINTAINING AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY. THIS IA A SPECIAL COUNTRY, MUCH BLOOD SPILLED TO DEFEND IT, NO TRUMP AND HIS THUGS WILL DEFEAT IT, WE ALL MUST BE AWARE OF THE DARK WAR GOING ON TO CHANGE US TO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY SO THE WEALTHY CAN GET WEALTHIER!!!!!!

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie11 days ago

Thank you so very much.

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