President Donald Trump and the Republican party keep crowing about how dominant they are and what a failure the Democrats are by contrast, despite the fact that Republican Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
The Republicans were probably quite startled, then, when they were just handed their first significant political defeat during the Age of Trump.
On Saturday, Delaware held a special election to fill a vacant seat in its state senate. This election was of critical importance, because with the empty seat Delaware’s senate had been locked in a 10-10 split. If the Republicans managed to win the seat, then it would end over forty years of Democrat control of Delaware’s senate. Fortunately, Democrat Stephanie Hansen prevailed in the special election, defeating Republican rival John Marino by a 58 to 42 percent margin. The most recent time the Republican ran in the same district, in 2014, he was defeated by less than 2 percentage points, so this win indicated a sharp increase in Democratic support in the district.
Said Hansen in her victory speech, “We turned back that win from Washington and made sure it won’t hit Delaware.” Hansen’s win was helped by unprecedented turnout from liberal activists, both in state and from out of state. Stated Sen. Dave Sokola (D) of the more than 1,000 volunteers who helped Hansen, “That’s more volunteers than I’ve had in nine elections.” Added Kelly Wright, who lives in Hansen’s district, “It’s overwhelming to see all these people. It’s making me emotional to see that people come take a bus two-plus hours away.” Added Democratic district chair Chuck Jackson, “It’s really great the amount of people we’re seeing out. There is so much at stake.” How thrilled are you that this Democrat won, and by such a wide margin?