2021 will be the first year since 1946 that there has not been a Kennedy in Congress. [NYT 11/6/20]

When Mondaire Jones is sworn in on January 4, 2021, he will be the first openly gay, Black member of Congress [WW]

Approval of the Congress remains the bleakest it has been in the past year.

  Approve Disapprove
Real Clear Pol.11/10/20 18.0% 70.3%
Real Clear Pol. 10/6/20 19.3% 69.0%
Real Clear Pol. 8/11/20 20.0% 68.0%
Real Clear Pol. 7/7/20 23.0% 64.0%
Real Clear Pol. 6/23/20 23.7% 64.7%
Real Clear Pol.  5/26/20 28.5% 56.8%
Real Clear Pol. 4/14/20 29.3% 56.8%
Real Clear Pol. 2/11/20 22.4% 65.6%

As of November 3rd, the Democrats led the generic Congressional ballot with 49.9% and Republicans with 42.6%. (Clearly not reflected in the results of the actual voting.)

The House of Representatives

As of November 17, 2020


  • Democrats 224
  • Republicans 211

The Senate

As of November 20, 2020

  • Republicans 52
  • Democrats 46
  • Independents 2

2 GOP seats in Georgia are subject to a special election on January 5th:

  • GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler vs DEM Rev. Raphael Warnock
  • GOP Senator David Purdue vs DEM Jon Ossoff

If Democrats win both of the special elections in Georgia, the Senate would be 50/50 and Democrats would control with Vice President Harris as the tie breaker.

One of the things made clear by the 2020 U.S. Senate elections is that it takes more than money to win these races.

In South Carolina, Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison raised $109 million and lost to incumbent Lindsay Graham by 11 points.

In Kentucky, Democratic candidate Amy McGrath raised $90 million and lost to incumbent Mitch McConnell by 20 points.

In Maine, Democratic candidate Sara Gideon raised $70 million and lost to Incumbent Susan Collins by 9 points.

In Texas, Democratic candidate MJ Hegar raised $24 million and lost to incumbent John Cornyn. [Axios 11/4/20]