After one of six defendants in the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in India killed himself in prison Monday, the victim’s brother said the dead man’s fate was already sealed, while his lawyer accused jail authorities of killing him. The dead man, Ram Singh, drove the bus in which the woman was raped, prosecutors have said. She later died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital. Five men and one juvenile have been charged with the crime. Officials on Monday said Singh had hanged himself with his own clothes in his cell in New Delhi’s Tihar prison. But Singh’s lawyer told the Associated Press, “What do you mean killed himself? He has been killed in prison.” The victim’s brother, meanwhile, told Reuters that Singh would have been put to death anyway after being found guilty: “Him dying on his own terms seems unfair. But, oh well, one is down. Hopefully the rest will wait for their death sentence.” The next hearing in the men’s trial is set for Monday.
Seems likely Democrats will eventually get up to about 60 million total votes for the House once unprocessed ballots from California are tallied. Maybe a bit more (~61M?) based on what’s left in other states. Those are similar numbers to what recent GOP presidential candidates have received.
Trump got 63M votes, Romney 61M, McCain 60M. Democratic votes for the House this year should be very close to that range. There’s not any precedent for an opposition party coming this close to matching the president’s vote total from 2 years earlier. The closest to an exception was when Democratic House candidates in 1970 got 92% of Nixon’s vote total from 1968.
Of course, this reflects three things we already knew:
1) Trump was elected despite losing the popular vote;
2) Democrats’s won by a big margin this year and
3) Turnout was VERY high.
But Trump is a very unpopular president, and I don’t think that’s totally sunk in yet in how he’s covered.
About 60 million people turned out to vote for Democrats for the House this year. That is a **crazy** number. (Republicans got 45m votes in the 2010 wave.) And this was sort of missed. Why so many stories about Trump voters in truck stops and not so many about “the resistance”?