THE 2019 ELECTION SEES DEMOCRATS RE-TAKE CONTROL OF THE SENATE
Three years ago San Andreas was seen as one of the most firmly blue regions in the United States, but after the 2016 arrest of Los Santos Mayor and prominent Democrat Frank Vaughn the city of Los Santos flipped to red with the election of Frank Underhill and for the first time in decades, a Republican Supermajority formed in the State Senate. In recent elections, the Democrats have made some strides, however, during the 2018 mid-terms the Democrats now under Francis Palermo were able to flip several key districts. As the 2019 election approached, many reporters speculated the very public arrest of Republican Jep Appelo could deal a significant blow to the Republican party in San Andreas similar to the blow dealt to the Democrats after Vaughn's arrest.
It seems those reports came true, with the Democrats finding a way to break through the Republican majority flipping East Los, Idlewood and Ocean Docks over to the Democratic Party. Although it was not all losses for the Republicans, district three, the district that had elected Democratic Chairman Francis Palermo for several terms flipped back to the Republican Party with the election of John Schwertner.
The 2019 San Andreas election can best be described in two words "New Faces" the Senate halls come mid-November will be full of freshman legislators. For the Republican's Martin Lindenstrauss the son of Henry Lindenstrauss, a figure in the Ronald Reagan administration saw an easy victory in Red County winning easily over Democratic challenger Ralph Windhoser. Martin Lindenstrauss has grown up in his father's shadow learning the ins and outs of the political world from his father who was also a three-term San Andreas State Senator before being brought in by the Reagan administration during the election of 1980. In district one, farm owner and businessman Benjamin Soto had another decisive victory for the GOP winning by twenty-two points over Independent Maurice Reynolds and Democrat Hector Mitchell. Soto campaigned on policies that struck fondly with his constituents in district one, winning them over easily. The biggest victory for the Republicans come from the aforementioned district three elections where Republican lawyer John Schwertner edged out former Alexis Franklin staffer Democrat Beatrice Rainy, by three points. The district three elections were seen as an important one to many GOP lawmakers, the district has always been a battleground between the two main parties of the state with the Republican Audrey Silva controlling it for several years before now current SADEM chairman Francis Palermo held control of the district for the several terms.
For the Democrats, major gains were made in the Eastern half of Los Santos. This started with former Mayoral candidate Geoffrey VanGilder re-claiming City Hall and central Los Santos for the Democrats. VanGilder campaigned on carrying out the issues he was fighting for during his run for mayor in 2016. With one of his major selling points being the success of the Landlord/Tenant Act of 2015 that was headed by himself and Frank Vaughn back in 2015. VanGilder's name recognition proved important as he toppled over lesser-known Republican businessman Adam Savas. Ruth Simmons a vocal activist for the low-income and minority communities of Idlewood and beyond won her race handily in district six. Simmon's stood hand in hand with Reverend Antonin Hodges who also won a Senate seat in the district four elections, on several occasions fighting for the minority communities they both belong to. Rev. Antonin Hodges is a former disgraced police officer who turned his life around through Christianity and neighborhood activism. Lastly, Jimmy McLoughlin a workers rights activist and former Detroit factory worker, who moved back to his home of San Andreas in 2018 to help unionize the working class of San Andreas. Was elected in the district five election, carrying on the spirit of the "fighting fifth" McLoughlin went door to door throughout the district meeting with Ocean Docks employees and other blue-collar workers campaigning on Union rights, an improved minimum wage, and healthcare system.
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