Goodbye, Herschel Walker. It only took five elections in two years, but Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock has a six-year term ahead of him and Democrats have a 51-49 majority — capping off a historically rare midterms in which the party in power didn’t lose a single incumbent senator. Warnock’s victory now gives Democrats a little breathing room so that contrarianism in the party will take Joe Manchin plus one other defector.
Speaking of Sen. Manchin, for those of you who are members or friends of the New York Economic Club, I’ll be interviewing him tomorrow evening and will ask if Warnock’s win helps or hurts his agenda.
Republicans are tired of losing lately, and that’s leading some to argue they need to ramp up early voting efforts after a certain somebody made those tactics taboo with the base. Kadia Goba and Jordan Weissmann have the details. Meanwhile in the Senate, Joseph Zeballos-Roig has the latest on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s crypto regulation efforts.
PLUS: One Good Text with Republican lobbyist Liam Donovan on the fate of permitting reform.
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