Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., believes her views on politics are rather mundane compared to the fracas you find on primetime cable news channels. However, in an interview with the Washington Examiner, Foxx was quick to point out that the 2017 elections have no bearing on what will happen in the 2018 midterms.
"I don't think elections in the House of Delegates is directly comparable to what might happen in the Congress of the United States," Foxx told the Examiner. "I don't know who those people were running for the House of Delegates, I don't know what the proportion of money was, I don't know whether they were new candidates, or whatever."
She continued. "I feel pretty comfortable about our winning in 2018."
Not only did Democrats sweep the governorship, lieutenant governorship, and attorney general, but they also gained 15 seats in Virginia's House of Delegates Tuesday night. Four races are still too close to call. If Democrats win two of those races, then they take control of the lower chamber in the Virginia legislature for the first time in decades.
Foxx compared the media spin of the 2017 election to a Chinese dinner menu where you can pick and choose which storyline you want to play up.
"If you want to portray this as a severe loss, you can find examples to do that," Foxx explained. "If you want to portray it as not-so-severe loss, you can find examples to do that. It's like a Chinese menu: You pick two from column one and three from column two."
For an off-year election, turnout was at 47 percent statewide, which is up 4 percent among registered voters from the 2013 gubernatorial election. Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by over 8 percentage points and 230,000 votes. If the trend continues, Republicans will be racking up more L's before Trump is up for re-election in 2020.