Political & electoral fallout from low vaxx rates among Republicans?
CNN published an article yesterday that outlined how states with the lowest vaccination rates, highest case rates, and (critical to this question), highest death rates are all run by Republican governors and are also largely "red" states.
I have no dispute with CNN's research. It is obvious enough to me from nothing more than anecdotal evidence that Republicans are the ones not getting vaccinated and, as a result, are dying in higher numbers. Someone else may have a bone to pick with the article's exact methodology and data sources, but that's not why I'm here.
My question feels uncomfortable to ask, the but the article seems to beg it: does it seem that the higher death rates among Republicans will lead to a heavy skew towards Democrats in future political elections simply because, quite obviously, Republicans are dying in higher numbers in this pandemic? Or are there other forces at work that likely mitigate that kind of fallout?
I realize no one can predict the future. But it seems unfathomable that there will be no downstream political or electoral ramifications based on how Covid (and the vaccine) have become so politically divisive.