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Lamb won
Author: Raine    Date: 03/14/2018 13:08:22

Democrat Conor Lamb won a special election in a conservative district in Pennsylvania last night. He's not my kind of democrat, but he is perfect for his district.

Last night we saw that Dems can win in districts that once seemed unattainable.
The district — which Saccone himself had called “Trump country” — had been the sort of place where Democrats struggled to compete. While registered Democrats slightly outnumbered registered Republicans, many of those Democrats bolted from their national party during Obama’s presidency.

In 2012, eight Democrats represented part of the district in the state legislature; after 2016, they were down to one. In 2014 and 2016, Democrats did not even bother to field a challenger to Tim Murphy, the Republican congressman whose resignation forced Tuesday’s special election.

They hoped, early on, that Lamb could change their fortunes. A first-time candidate from a storied local political family, the former Marine and federal prosecutor became a natural, if cautious, politician. He was personally antiabortion but opposed to new abortion restrictions; he supported the Second Amendment but favored stronger background checks.

This district will disappear at the end of the year due to a court decision regarding gerrymandering, however one takeaway here is that the most preogressive candidate is not alwways the best fit for a district. So maybe, just maybe, the party leaders are doing something right. They are running candidates that can win, and that's smart politics in this turbulent time.



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