by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Election night did not deliver the overwhelming victory Republicans had hoped for on a national level, but on a local level — in school board races — conservatives picked up a wave of wins across the country.
This week, conservatives flipped at least nine school boards in at least six states — Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Florida — giving them conservative majorities, according to two parental rights groups who endorsed many of the victorious candidates.
The wins signal that parental rights were a significant factor at the ballot box on Tuesday.
In Michigan, four school board candidates in Brandywine who were endorsed by a parents rights group called 1776 Project PAC won their races, flipping the board from liberal to conservative, the group said.
In Maryland, three of their school board candidates won in Carroll County, flipping the school board there to a conservative majority, the group said.
The 1776 Project PAC claims it has officially flipped 100 school boards since November last year. The group’s candidates also won in Oklahoma and Ohio.
Another parents’ rights group, Moms For Liberty, told The Daily Wire it notched clusters of wins in at least four states. The group flipped at least seven school boards.
In North Carolina, conservative candidates won in both New Hanover County and Iredell County, flipping both of those school boards conservative, the group said.
In South Carolina, six conservative candidates won in Berkeley County, five won in Charleston County, and another four won in York County, flipping all three school boards conservative, Moms For Liberty said.
In New Jersey, three candidates in Cape May County won their elections, flipping that school board conservative, the group said.
In Florida, two candidates won in Pinellas County, flipping that board conservative as well, the group said.