Democrat Joe Biden may have produced a winning national formula, but it wasn’t by trimming — or even holding — Donald Trump’s 2016 winning margins in hundreds of counties across the agricultural and industrial north.
Democrats slid further behind in huge rural swaths of northern battlegrounds. The party lost House seats in the Midwest, and Democratic challengers in Iowa, Kansas, Montana and North Carolina Senate races, all once viewed as serious threats to Republican incumbents, fell, some of them hard.
“The pressure for Democrats has to be on conveying an economic message for rural America,” said Iowa Democrat John Norris.
Democrats appear to face diminishing chances of gained U.S. Senate control, with Georgia playing the decisive role. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Democrats, Republicans and their supporters plan to flood Georgia neighborhoods with staff and volunteers to knock on doors and rally their bases to vote in the state's pivotal U.S. Senate runoffs on Jan. 5.
Even as President Donald Trump refuses to the concede the election, Biden moved ahead with policy and personnel picks this past week.
Biden’s first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for his White House staff have prized staying power over star power, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency.
But it's not all back to the future. Big tech companies that enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Obama-Biden administration will face a less-friendly Biden-Harris team.
Also this past week, the federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election. Trump still refused to concede and vowed to continue to fight in court after General Services Administrator Emily Murphy gave the green light for Biden to coordinate with federal agencies ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration. But Trump did tweet that he was directing his team to cooperate on the transition.
And speaking of tweeting, speculation rose of a crackdown on Trump's social posting if and when he leaves office.
Even if Trump's administration faces waning days, there's still time to enact changes on federal policy. The Trump administration is moving forward on gutting a longstanding federal protection for roughly 1,000 species of birds in the United States
And the Justice Department is amending its execution protocols to allow methods beyond lethal injection such as firing squads and poison gas.