Dems excited to have flipped 4 statehouse seats in recent special elections

Dems excited to have flipped 4 statehouse seats in recent special elections
Members of the Texoma Cowboy Church pray at the OK State Capitol before delivering to Gov. Mary Fallin a replica of the Ten Commandments monument was was removed from the capitol in early October. (Image: News9OK)

[Ed. – They’re making too much of it, at least for now.  See here for the larger context.  But it’s something that the GOP can’t skate on.  Flipping the statehouses is how the Soros-funded coalition wants to control redistricting after the 2020 census.  That means Soros money and national organization are going into every one of these statehouse elections.  There’s no evidence the GOP has a comparable level of engagement.  It’s easy enough to point out that the two seats contested in Oklahoma came open because of nasty sexual crime shenanigans by the Republican incumbents, and that the New Hampshire seat was won by the Democrat in a 711-655 vote, which in the grand scheme of things means nothing about larger voting patterns.  But in New York’s Assembly District 9, the Democrats rallied behind their candidate with a big push from a teacher-union activist group, and made sure she had more than three times the funding of her GOP opponent.  Republicans need to step up their game, and do it now.]

In a party desperate for victories, Democratic candidates are finding the most success in little-noticed state legislative races. They’ve already won four seats previously under Republican control, some of them in battleground districts that split evenly between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Party leaders say it’s a sign that they are benefitting from a broad backlash to the Republican president, one that failed to lift a quartet of special election U.S. House candidates — including Jon Ossoff in Georgia or Rob Quist in Montana — to victories of their own. …

Republicans and even some independent analysts say it’s premature to draw firm conclusions about the national political environment, and they point out that GOP candidates also have won a handful of competitive state legislative races.

But the Democrats do have a relatively successful scorecard. Last week, a Democratic Senate candidate in New Hampshire defeated a Republican by 11 percentage points — 10 points more than Clinton’s margin in that district last year.

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