Conor Lamb

Tuesday’s special election results should put fear in the hearts of Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
And they should make Democrats reconsider how much they need to fight about the future direction of the party.

There’s been a lot of either-or argument over what the future of the Democratic Party should be. Should Democrats seek to build a coalition of college-educated suburbanites plus white urbanites and minorities, or should they try to win back blue-collar white voters who have fallen away from the party in recent decades?

In the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District on Tuesday, likely winner Democrat Conor Lamb showed Democrats don’t have to choose, since he managed to do three things at once:

Maintain gains that Hillary Clinton made in affluent, educated suburban areas in 2016,
Regain working-class voters who picked Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012 but rejected Clinton in 2016, and
Win over voters who rejected Obama and Clinton in all three elections.

These results should hearten Democrats and scare Republicans, especially when examined on a town-by-town basis.

Consider, for example, Mt. Lebanon, an affluent and highly educated Pittsburgh suburb that’s included in the 18th. Obama took 54% of the two-party vote here in 2012.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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