They haven’t called it yet, but the Republican Party is likely to get tied up in knots over this loss of a key congressional election.
Conor Lamb leads Rick Saccone (pictured) by a few hundred votes. My hunch is that they’ll recount the ballots cast in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.
Lamb has declared victory; Saccone isn’t conceding anything just yet. Saccone had better get his concession speech ready.
This one is a serious rejection of the nation’s top Republican, Donald John Trump, who spoke (more or less) for Saccone in the waning days of the campaign. He went to western Pennsylvania and spent more than an hour talking about himself, saying damn near nothing about the guy he was there to endorse.
Hey, that’s what narcissists do. Isn’t that right?
As for Lamb, he isn’t calling his apparent victory a referendum on Trump. I’ll disagree with that one, young man. I believe it is.
Trump won the district in 2016 by more than 20 percentage points. The 18th had been trending Republican for years. It’s previous representative is a Republican who had to resign because of a sex scandal.
So, it’s fair to wonder: Does this apparent Democratic victory signal a trend that will carry through the year in the midterm election?
Republicans had better believe it will. My guess is that they have just received a major punch in the gut.
As Politico reports: “During a closed-door conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, House Republican leaders said that Tuesday’s special election, where Democrat Conor Lamb is narrowly leading, could portend a monster Democratic year.”
If that “monster” awakens fully, then I believe we are heading for a period of extreme political tumult.