The Republican Party is poised to lose a long-held Republican stronghold district, flipping a seat from red to blue.
Democrat Conor Lamb is leading Republican Rick Saccone in a live Pennsylvania special election by a huge margin so far. With 40% of the precincts voting, he’s up 54.3% to 45.1%.
UPDATE: The lead has narrowed but Lamb is still up 50% to 49.4% with 95% of the vote in.
What’s most upsetting about the news, and the reason why it’s a real stunner, is due to the fact that Trump led the district by more than 20% during the 2016 presidential election, and it has been in Republican control for the last 15 years.
This is further proof that Democrats are turning the tide and capitalizing on Trump’s increasing unpopularity among general voters.
Lamb could be the latest Democrat over the last year to have won a Republican-held seat in a major state legislative race – Democrat Patty Schachtner won a state Senate seat in Wisconsin. And, in 2017 Democrats won a total of 15 special elections that once went to Republicans.
Even though Trump campaigned for Saccone last week, he has privately said that he thinks the Republican runner is a “weak candidate.” That might be why he barely talked about him and instead used the speech to talk about himself most the time.
As far as the national level is concerned, things are looking just as upbeat. Early polls indicate that Democrats are much more inclined to vote in the mid-term elections in order to unseat Republicans control of Congress, thereby making President Trump a sitting duck in office, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in January. Just over half of the Democratic-leaning registered voters said it is “more important to vote” this year than in previous elections.
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