blackjack21 wrote:2018 Ohio Special Election Results
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$5,000,000 and desperation appearances by The Great Man and Mike "The Dud" Pence got you a 1700 vote win? I wouldn't get too happy about that.
This should have been a Republican cakewalk. The district hadn’t been represented by a Democrat in more than three decades. The Republican incumbent, whose retirement is why the special election was necessary, won in 2016 by more than 35 points. In that same year’s presidential election, Trump won the district by 11.
And he and Republicans pulled out all the stops to help Balderson. The president swept into town for a big rally on Saturday night. Vice President Mike Pence made his own trip. And Republican groups from outside the district pumped millions into the race, hugely outspending their Democratic counterparts.
Even so, Balderson seemed to be barely squeezing out a victory. It’s a terrible sign for Republicans, a promising one for Democrats and a fascinating, revelatory turn of events on a night when the country’s mood in general — and voters’ attitudes about Trump in particular — came into slightly sharper focus.
I sense a greater energy on the Democrat side this time around. Recently past elections have seen them going forward lackadaisically on automatic pilot with the predictable results. Donald's insults and divide and conquer tactics appear to be reaping what they sow.