But for now, they keep having good elections.
(Worth noting: Democrats did lose a governorship in Louisiana last month. But that’s a very red state, and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards was term-limited. Republicans were also trying to hold the Mississippi governorship Tuesday.)
As for how much solace this night provides a year before the 2024 election? There’s a real question about whether Republicans just don’t turn out when Trump isn’t on the ballot. Beshear was an incumbent. Virginia leans blue. And even if Democrats as a whole are well-poised, that doesn’t necessarily mean Biden, with his various liabilities, will be able to take advantage.
But you’d rather have good elections than bad ones. And Tuesday should at least give Democrats a modicum of badly needed hope.