Republicans who are facing election in state and federal races are facing a tougher battle this year as the investigation into whether the Trump campaign did have communication with the Russians. Tuesday, Democrats won two local states seats which normally Democrats never win. Democrats are hopeful that these two wins are a barometer of what is to come in the 2018 and 2020 elections. Elections in New York and New Hampshire are, Democrats hope, will be the stepping stones to what is to come for Democrats, more wins.
In New Hampshire, Democrat Edie DesMarais won Carroll County seat in Wolfeboro. The vote was 811-755 but most importantly, no Democrat has ever won a seat in Wolfeboro. In fact, Donald Trump won the district by 7 percent in 2016. The victory is the first seat in the country at any level to flip from red to blue after the election of Trump. How Republican is Wolfeboro? Trump carried the district 51 to 44, Mitt Romney has a summer home there and the town made national news in 2014 after its police commissioner refused to apologize for calling President Barack Obama “that f**king n****r“.
House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff said in a statement, “We are pleased to see that Democrats are showing up, working hard, and turning out with a renewed sense of purpose.” Continuing Shurtleff stated that, “As Democrats, we will continue to fight for every seat in every district of the state.” New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley said, “Democrats showed that, in 2017 and beyond, we will reject the reckless and irresponsible policies of Donald Trump and Chris Sununu.”
In New York, Christine Pellegrino, a former Bernie Sanders supporter, won in the 9th Assembly District special election. This assembly district on the southern coast of Long Island is very wealthy, very white, and very Republican. Trump carried the district by 23 points. Even though, Republicans hold a 13-point registration advantage in the district, backers of Pellegrino were able to find support with unions, progressives and with those who are disenchanted by President Trump’s first 4 months in office.
Bill Lipton, state director of the Working Families Party, stated Tuesday night, “Bold populism that puts working families’ issues front and center. This is how we win in Trump country,” Continuing he said, “This is the lesson for Democrats around the country.” Pellegrino stated that her win was “a thunderbolt of resistance.” She also acknowledged that her win was “all the supporters and voters who understand a strong progressive agenda is the way forward in New York.”
When Tom Perez was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee in February, he pledged that the Democratic Party would intensify efforts to win local races. So far in 2017, there has been a massive upsurge of Democratic voter participation. Races in Kansas’s 4th Congressional District was almost flipped to the Democrats. In Georgia’s 6th District race, the primary showed the Democrat Jon Ossoff crushing his opponents and almost winning the seat outright. He won 48 percent of the vote. If he had won 50 percent, he would have won the seat without having to have a run-off election against the GOP’s Karen Handel.
Thursday’s special election in Montana has both Republicans and Democrats looking and wondering if there is a Trump question or problem. The Montana Congressional seat was vacated after Representative Ryan Zinke was appointed by President Trump to be Secretary of the Interior. Republican candidate Greg Gianforte told voters, “this race is closer than it should be.”
Democrat Rob Quist is looking for an upset and has had 7 million dollars in donations to fight the GOP nominee. To offset this, Gianforte’s campaign has recruited both Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. for visits to help invigorate the Republican voters. Trump won the state easily in November but with all the problems that have flared up since the inauguration, Democrats are looking towards a victory.
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother