As expected, the 2020 election did not end on Tuesday night. A protracted vote tabulation scenario was almost a given, with several states remaining too close to call. It remains unclear how the legal challenges will play out. Congressional elections, on the other hand, have been mostly finalized. In a rather shocking result, Republicans vastly outperformed expectations by (presumably) holding on to the Senate and actually picking up House seats, rather than losing an additional 10-20. Both Georgia Senate seats will go to a runoff, so the 2020 election will live on for at least a few more weeks. You can view APGA's full election summary here
Now Congress turns to the lame duck period to finish outstanding legislative items. On deck includes finalizing an appropriations package, agreeing to a water resources package, and conferencing the National Defense Authorization Act. Further, Majority Leader McConnell has signaled openness to negotiating a COVID-19 aid package and working through some of the impasses. Of note, McConnell stated that he would be willing to consider a degree of state and local aid—a major sticking point in prior negotiations. APGA will continue to monitor and engage on these discussions when appropriate.
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