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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Republicans are in a lot of trouble.

On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped two more GOP-held legislative seats, raising the total number of pickups this cycle to six. Republicans, meanwhile, haven't picked up a single seat in a contested election.

Since Trump's election last November, Democrats have won 17 of the 35 congressional and state legislative special elections held all across the country that have featured one Democrat squaring off against one Republican, but the real magic number requires closer scrutiny.

Analysis of these special elections reveals that Democrats are consistently outperforming the presidential elections results from both 2016 and 2012. Democrats have beaten Hillary Clinton's numbers in 28 of the 35 contested special elections this cycle, and they improved on Obama's 2012 numbers in 25 of them. Compared to Clinton's numbers, Democrats are performing an average of 13 percent better, and they're even performing 9 percent better than Obama.

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#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-14 12:33 PM | Reply

Democrats have won 17 of the 35 congressional and state legislative

Only to Dems does less than 50% equate to "winning."

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-09-14 12:34 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at

We've taken seventeen doughnuts you wanted and had to eat.

Burp.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-09-14 12:43 PM | Reply

Only to Dems does less than 50% equate to "winning."

#2 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT

Lost 0, took 6.

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-14 12:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

State races? I guess you gotta cling to something

#5 | Posted by homerj at 2017-09-14 12:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

State races? I guess you gotta cling to something

#5 | Posted by homerj at 2017

All your states belong to us.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2017-09-14 12:48 PM | Reply

State races? I guess you gotta cling to something

#5 | POSTED BY HOMERJ AT

"The democratic party has lost X governorships, X state houses, the house and the senate since blah blah blah blah..."

"These state races where we are getting our ***** handed to us meaningless..."

-- the same mouthbreathers

#7 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-14 12:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Does not make a dent in the seats they lost in the last 4 elections.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-09-14 02:44 PM | Reply

Does not make a dent in the seats they lost in the last 4 elections.

#8 | Posted by Sniper

No one is making that claim.

It's all about the trend of safe GOP spaces being not so safe.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2017-09-14 03:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is the kind of "ground game" that I have been talking about since November...we need to keep this kind of momentum going so that we can flip the GOP on its back by 2020.

#10 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-09-14 04:20 PM | Reply

Midterm elections are sometimes regarded as a referendum on the sitting president's and/or incumbent party's performance.[4][5] The party of the incumbent president tends to lose ground during midterm elections: over the past 21 midterm elections, the President's party has lost an average 30 seats in the House, and an average 4 seats in the Senate; moreover, in only two of those has the President's party gained seats in both houses.

Year Sitting President President's Party Net gain/loss of President's Party
House seats Senate seats
2014 Barack Obama Democratic D-13 D-9
2010 D-63 D-6
2006 George W. Bush Republican R-30 R-6
2002 R+8 R+2
1998 Bill Clinton Democratic D+5 0
1994 D-54 D-8
1990 George H. W. Bush Republican R-8 R-1
1986 Ronald Reagan R-5 R-8
1982 R-26 0
1978 Jimmy Carter Democratic D-15 D-3

Pulled that from Wikipedia btw but pretty normal....

#11 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-09-14 08:16 PM | Reply

In Bama, there is a special election going on to fill Jeff Sessions Senate seat. The Trump backed candidate (Mo Brooks) got kicked out in the first run-off.

There is a democrat in this race, Doug Jones, who could win. I don't think it will happen, but if it does, you will know that something drastic has happened.

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-09-15 08:54 AM | Reply

WAY too early to say one way or another. Wishful thinking at best.

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-09-15 11:24 AM | Reply

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