As of Wednesday morning in the USA, it appears that the Democratic candidate Conor Lamb has won a narrow victory in a red district that will cease to exist soon because of a court-ordered redrawing of Pennsylvania districts.
But Lamb's lead in a long-held Republican district that strongly backed President Donald Trump in 2016 has sent waves of fear through Republicans nationally as they try to hold on to their 45-seat U.S. House majority in November's mid-terms.
"This may not be nice to say: The fact is that the Saccone campaign was a joke". Back then, Moulton's trip to the first presidential caucus state fueled speculation he was considering a presidential run of his own, but Moulton said he was there to advocate for a slate of fellow veterans and Democrats running for Congress.
"I'm honored to have performed so well, and people placed that kind of trust in us", he said.
Votes on health care and spending "would be meaningful to our base because those are the campaign promises", Davidson said.
It was jeer and sneer time for the mainstream media after Conor Lamb defeated Rick Saccone in the special election for Pennsylvania's soon-to-be-defunct 18th Congressional District. These Democratic gains are also coming against the backdrop of an improving economy, which suggests that a significant number of voters are simply fed up with Trump and are willing to take out their frustrations on the nearest Republican they see. "Don't forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!" said the president. "Second Amendment, everything. I love the tax cuts, everything".
That it did not work is perhaps a sign that Pelosi will not be as toxic as Republicans hope.
TheL.A. Times is chortling that the failure of the Republicans in the Pennsylvania 18th can be ascribed at least in part to voters not being all that impressed with the recent tax reforms after all. "But there hasn't been any further movement after that initial bump", said Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The most unsafe outcome for Republicans in Tuesday's special House election is not the prospect of a Democrat taking over one of their seats. Hillary Clinton won 23 seats now held by GOP incumbents in 2016.
Nonetheless, Lamb's breakthrough should petrify Republicans.
With all precincts reporting, and more than 240,000 ballots cast Tuesday, Democratic candidate Conor Lamb was leading Republican Rick Saccone by 579 votes, or 49.8 per cent to 49.6 per cent.
While Lamb said he wouldn't support Pelosi continuing as the Democratic leader in the House and talked like a Republican on issues such as crime, fracking, and gun owners rights, many of his positions fit easily within the Democratic Party platform.
Michael DaPos, a junior political science major with a pre-law concentration and an English minor and is active in Westmoreland County Republican politics, was disappointed by Saccone's loss. That's impressive for the Democrats, and certainly worrisome for the Republicans.
"This idea that tax cuts would be a political panacea for Republicans come November is losing altitude, fast", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
On the flip side, Saccone spent the final days of his flailing campaign aligning himself with the president, at one point indicating that he'd like to be his "wingman".
There is no blue wave, certainly not a left-wing liberal wave - just a lack of Republican motivation.
"With President Trump in your corner how can you lose?"