Pennsylvania Special Election Last Week Blows Dem Narrative Out Of The Water, Includes Hillary District
Republicans in Pennsylvania just blew a Democrat narrative out of the water and they are shellshocked. Last week voters sent three Republicans to the state House legislator and one of them was in a district that was won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Originally all three seats had been held by Republicans, Democrats in the state expected the 18th District seat in Bucks County to turn blue because voters had supported Clinton and more Democrats are registered to vote than Republicans.
Local media and the Democrat Party are dumbfounded, they all bought into their own mantra that the district would be an easy “pickoff.” They believed in the perception that the President was not as popular in the Philadelphia suburbs as he was in 2016.
Democrat Harold Hayes who was running to beat Republican K.C Tomlinson campaigned on that message, the campaign literature on his website read:
“This is a favorable district for a Democrat. Voters in HD18 chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election (Clinton: 52.85%; Trump: 44.12%). Voters chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the 2012 election (Obama: 57.88%; Romney: 40.91%). Democratic Governor Tom Wolf won this district in 2014 (Wolf: 58.18%; Corbett: 41.82%), and improved on that performance in the 2018 gubernatorial election (Wolf: 61.90%; Wagner: 38.10%). That same year, Democratic Senator Bob Casey easily carried HD18 (Casey: 59.75%; Barletta: 40.25%). HD18 is fully nested within Pennsylvania Congressional District 1, which has a Cook Political Voting Index of D+31.”
With the help of the Republican Party and the Trump campaign Tomlinson beat Hayes handily.
“This is a seat the Democrats thought they should have won, and there were plenty of stories saying we would lose it,” a Trump campaign official said.
“This is proof that our message and the message of the president is still resonating and that people haven’t turned their back on the GOP or the president,” said the local field operative.