When Republican Senator Pat Toomey won reelection in Pennsylvania Tuesday night, he insured that the GOP would hold on to control of the U.S. Senate.
Toomey won in a squeaker over Katie McGinty. McGinty would have been the state’s first female senator.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 9, 2016
During his campaign, Toomey tried desperately to distance himself from Donald Trump. and this may have made for a tighter race.
The importance of Toomey’s win to Senate Republicans couldn’t be overstated, and people on social media caught on:
It just dawned on me while watching the nail-biting results that we may have just saved the Supreme Court–who'd have thunk it?
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 9, 2016
If this holds, the GOP will have Presidency, Senate, House, Supreme Court, vast majority of state legislatures.
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) November 9, 2016
If Trump wins — and it looks like he will — he will have a GOP House AND Senate. #Elections2016
— Bernard Goldberg (@BernardGoldberg) November 9, 2016
Republicans hold the Senate with Toomey win.
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) November 9, 2016
This Bloomberg reporter made a prediction:
Toomey wins; Republicans keep Senate; Democrats almost surely will not have control of Senate until 2021 at the earliest.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) November 9, 2016
Democrats appreciated the gravity of the situation, too.
Democratic strategist James Carville predicted that big Obama programs would go by the wayside:
Carville: "Dodd Frank is done. ObamaCare is done."
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman knew who to blame:
Btw, Jill Stein has managed to play Ralph Nader. Without her Florida might have been saved
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) November 9, 2016
“Mr. Weeks” predicted the cost of the Democrats not winning the Senate:
Goodbye Marriage Equality
Goodbye Supreme Court
Goodbye Gun Safety
Goodbye Women Rights
Goodbye Voting Rights
— Mr. Weeks ✊? (@MrDane1982) November 9, 2016
And the vote was history-making:
1928 was the last time the House and Senate were both GOP controlled under a Republican President.
Trump is about to go to work! #MAGA
— Adam D. Brown (@aduanebrown) November 9, 2016
The Democrats picked up one new Senate seat, with Congressional representative Tammy Duckworth defeating Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.
— Bobby Hall (@BobbyTBD) November 9, 2016
In addition to Toomey hanging onto his seat, Republicans were worried about the open seat in Indiana. But Republican Congressman Todd Young surprised popular Democrat Evan Bayh:
— LifeZette (@LifeZette) November 9, 2016
In the end, the Republicans retained the Senate and House, and won the White House.
— GOP (@GOP) November 9, 2016
Now, they need to govern.