2014: What happened and what’s next
Voters rejected Democratic policies in November.
Midterm elections are historically very difficult for the party that holds the White House. Even though this year’s results weren’t what we wanted, states like Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota - all red states - passed measures by double digits to increase the minimum wage . Voters also rejected personhood amendments in two states that would’ve infringed on a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, approved a gun safety measure in Washington, and passed paid sick leave in Massachusetts.
2014 was just the beginning of the bad news for Democrats.
Democrats have so many reasons to be excited for 2016 . Not only is it a presidential election year, when more voters turn out (and turn out for Dems), but the Senate map (which is full of extreme Tea Party Republicans) is much friendlier for Democrats looking to keep and pick up seats. Add that to the news that the U.S. economy added more jobs so far in 2014 than in any year of President George W. Bush’s administration, and you’ll see why Democrats are looking forward to 2016.