There were four state-level special elections Tuesday, and the results carried some ominous warnings for Republicans not to take their majorities in the House and Senate for granted this November.
In what was considered a safe Republican state senate district in Wisconsin which Trump won by 17 points, Democratic candidate Patty Schachtner won by 9 points, even though she was outspent by her opponent. As the linked post notes, she ran on local issues, fighting the opioid crisis and as a pro-hunting mom, not a Trump-hating liberal. Meanwhile, Republicans won the three other elections in Wisconsin, Iowa and South Carolina, but the Democratic vote total in their usually lopsided districts was much higher than anticipated. It wasn't so much due to the districts turning blue as to the fact that more Democrats than usual turned out while Republicans stayed home on the couch. It shows that liberals are fired up and raring to vote after a full year of 24/7 anti-Trump vitriol from virtually every media outlet.
Ten months is a lifetime in campaign terms, and it’s possible that the results of the GOP tax cut on paychecks and job creation will wake voters up to the very personal costs of handing power back to the left. It’s also true that turnout in special elections is often skewed toward those who are extremely politically active, more so than general elections.
But Tuesday should serve as a chilling warning to Republican voters or to any Americans who think that the nation was headed toward a cliff after eight years of job-crushing domestic policies, open borders and weak defenses and world leadership and who were relieved that Trump is backing the car away from the abyss. With the margins in Congress so close and the Supreme Court balance in flux, we are still just one election away from shifting back into drive and heading toward the canyon's edge again.
Next November, if you don’t want to get stuck in the back seat with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (the Thelma and Louise of Washington) at the wheel, you’d better get thee to the polls.