Special Elections

Fired-Up Conservative Voters Power GOP Wins In California And Wisconsin Special Elections

Conservatives powered the GOP to two important congressional special election victories: Tom Tiffany in WI-07 and Mike Garcia in CA-25. Tiffany won a convincing victory in an Obama district Trump won in 2016, and Garcia leads with 56 percent of the vote of the 143,000 ballots counted so far. Democrats can still steal his victory because in California, mailed ballots can count as long as they are postmarked by Tuesday and received by Friday. FLASH: Democrat Christy Smith conceded to Republican Mike Garcia in the special election for California’s 25th Congressional District.

How'd that referendum on Trump work out?

Monica Showalter, American Thinker

Now the Democrats are left with a steaming pile of $23 million in campaign debt, shelling out $200 per vote, all because they thought hating on Trump was a winning strategy that would thrill the voters.  And if that isn't clear enough a message, a similar race in the 5th District of South Carolina came out the same way. The left wanted a referendum on Trump. Tuesday, they got it.

Energized Trump takes victory lap after Republican special election wins

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

Trump's campaign-style rally marked a return to the forum that built his candidacy during the presidential race, one that has offered him a platform to sell his agenda during his young presidency. The president has held a handful of rallies since taking office, although most have involved more scripted remarks than the free-wheeling speeches that defined his early events. Trump now has to hope the Republicans' unbeaten streak in the competitive special congressional elections will make the difference for their shared legislative agenda.

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.