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How to Read This Year’s Special Elections

Michael Barone, Wall Street Journal

The opposition party has certain inherent advantages in special elections. It can better adapt to local terrain and stress issues on which the government is locally unpopular. It can also ask voters to voice a protest that stops short of turning the whole government over to the other side. So far, the specials show that Trump-brand Republicanism is unpopular with high-education voters and has made zero inroads among Trump opponents. Since most high-education districts are already Democratic, that’s interesting, but not earth-shaking.