Two important Congressional special elections were held on Tuesday. Republicans held onto a seat in Wisconsin, despite a strong effort by Democrats to flip it. Another race was held in California, for a seat that was flipped blue in 2018.
President Trump himself voiced support for both races. And it looks like Republicans won the day. Trump shared the victory to his supporters on Twitter:
Big Congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats. This is the first time in many years that a California Dem seat has flipped back to a Republican. Also, Tom Tiffany beat his Democrat rival BIG in Wisconsin. Two great Congressional WINS!
Why It’s Important:
These special elections are being looked at as signs for what’s to come in November. Trump endorsed both candidates, suggesting his influence continues to be a significant factor in mobilizing conservative voters.
The win in California is especially important to Republicans. Although a long-standing Republican stronghold, Clinton won the district in 2016 by 6 points. Democrat Katie Hill took the seat in 2018.
Initial numbers seem to show that that Republican Mike Garcia has convincingly flipped it back red, although more votes are yet to be counted and it will not be officially called for days.
Already Trump surrogates are pointing to these elections as proof Trump and the GOP will win in the General Election.
- Republicans appear to have secured victories in two special elections.
- President Trump’s endorsement might have been a deciding factor in the races.
- These GOP victories might foretell the outcome of the November election.