The 5 Most Surprising Upsets In Modern US Politics

Shocking Election Results that Few People Predicted

The 5 Most Surprising Upsets In Modern Us Politics
The 5 Most Surprising Upsets In Modern Us Politics
David Brat vs. Eric Cantor
David Brat vs. Eric Cantor

David Brat vs. Eric Cantor

A surprising election at the time was David Brat’s victory over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor during the 2014 primary. Cantor had represented the 7th congressional district of Virginia for some 13 years and rose to the number 2 spot among GOP leadership, but wound up losing to his Tea Party opponent. This was the first time a House majority leader lost in a primary since the year 1899.

Doug Jones vs. Roy Moore
Doug Jones vs. Roy Moore

Doug Jones vs. Roy Moore

Some believe that Doug Jones’ victory over Roy Moore in Alabama shouldn’t have been that hard to see coming. This was because Roy Moore, who was a former state Supreme Court justice, had just spent more than six weeks fighting off countless allegations of sexual misconduct.

Lisa Murkowski vs. Joe Miller
Lisa Murkowski vs. Joe Miller

Lisa Murkowski vs. Joe Miller

In the year 2010, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski lost the GOP primary for her Alaska senate seat to Joe Miller, who was a Tea Party favorite. She then appealed to Alaskans to vote for her as a write-in candidate on their ballots.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) vs. Joseph Crowley
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) vs. Joseph Crowley

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) vs. Joseph Crowley

Many people believe that the most surprising election of all time was when AOC defeated incumbent Joseph Crowley in the 2018 midterms for New York’s 14th Congressional District. AOC organized a grassroots campaign that appealed to the ethnically diverse population of the district that many felt Crowley couldn’t relate with. Even though she had relatively little media coverage, she had developed a large following on her social media platforms. This took place under the radar of most political media coverage.

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump surprised everyone by winning both the Republican nomination and then the presidency in 2016. Countless political pundits dismissed him as a novelty. But his straight-talking style began appealing to a wide range of constituents. It was seen as a populist movement that attracted large swaths of working Americans.

Retired Scientist and Jogger. Experienced online publisher since 2006.

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