New Scientist-Candidates for U.S. Congress Fared Worse Than Expected in 2020

New Scientist-Candidates for U.S. Congress Fared Worse Than Expected in 2020

Among endorsed Senate challengers, former astronaut Mark Kelly won in Arizona, and former geologist John Hickenlooper succeeded in Colorado, where he was previously the state’s governor. Chris Coons, an endorsed Senate incumbent from Delaware, also won. The candidates who made science a bigger point in their campaigns—including concerns about climate change as well as COVID—were all Democrats. “There were Republican proposals in the House Science Committee to double the basic scientific research budgets in the United States,” he says. “That’s why the makeup of the Senate is so important.” Two Georgia Senate runoffs are set for early January 2021.

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