In both Franklin County, which includes Columbus, and Delaware County, the fast-growing suburb just north of Ohio’s capital, 42 percent of voters turned out. But in the five more lightly populated counties that round out the district, turnout ranged from 27 to 32 percent. This is an ominous sign for Republicans: The highest-income and best-educated elements of the electorate — those deeply uneasy with President Trump — are showing the most interest in voting. Defending a few dozen districts that are either more heavily urban or feature a similar demographic mix as Ohio’s 12th District, Republicans will need to find a way to win back suburbanites or better galvanize rural voters. If they do not, their House majority will slip away. [New York Times]
WOMEN MADE history last night, unless you are a Republican woman. The accidental White House occupant has soured Republican women voters so that their candidates are in dire straits.
Representative Barbara Comstock is flailing in Virginia, because the accidental occupant of the White House has made women a low priority. The highest-ranked woman in the Republican Party, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers struggles against Lisa Brown, and could lose in November.
As Sam Stein wrote, the Democratic Party is indeed in the “no bullshit phase” of GOTV.
Kansas Democrats made a statement last night with the win of Sharice Davids, who could become the first Native American woman elected to Congress if she wins in November, which could change the balance of power in the House.
As for Ohio, Democrats should not be competitive in Ohio’s 12th district. Today, the race is too close to call, but regardless of the squeaker, Balderson and O’Connor meet again in November.
And Missouri, my home state, crashed the GOP dream of turning the state right-to-work.
With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the “no” vote on Missouri’s Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting “yes.” [NPR]
The first Muslim woman to be elected to Congress may happen in November, thanks to the guy in the Oval, and hard work.
Democrats now have to digest last night’s results, which also reveal that ideology won’t be enough in November. …or any election cycle.
Underdog candidates supported by Senator Sanders, who helped Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, fell to Democratic establishment candidates.
In Georgia and Maine, Democratic candidates may make it a first for women, who are poised to run each state.
Their victories bring to 11 the number of women nominated for governorships this year — a breakthrough in a political arena, executive offices, that has been especially unfriendly to women in the past.
The ugly American president has brought women out in large numbers, to vote and to run for office.
Missouri led the way, and now Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin voters get a chance in November to reverse the damage done by anti-union politicians.
And Beto O’Rourke‘s senate campaign is so powerful it forced Ted Cruz to beg the guy in the White House to campaign for him.
This election cycle is poised to be a historic realignment. Last night was foreshadowing what could be in November.
GOP’s November burden: Donald Trump is the most unpopular president three months out from 1st mid-term election in the history of polling https://t.co/qFRVTbqqgz
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 8, 2018