Hope you enjoyed the puzzle and got through the hard parts! In case you haven't picked up on it yet, you "gerrymandered" the puzzle; in the one you finished, the black squares were arranged so that your preferred party was the answer to the clue "The party that's going to win this year's election".
Thank you for helping support this puzzle! Due to the fraught climate of the upcoming election, it couldn't be published at an established outlet, and I had to publish it myself. If you enjoyed it, please consider sending the link to your friends and family who like puzzles and politics!