Democrats continued to grow nervous about their political prospects.
There are rumors swirling around Washington that Nancy Pelosi is eying the exits.
Nancy Pelosi got hit with an election surprise that showed her career is over.
Democrats won the 2018 and 2020 elections by flipping formerly Republican-held suburbs blue as socially liberal college-educated voters worked themselves into a mental breakdown over Donald Trump’s tweets.
After Trump left office there was an open question as to if Democrats owned these new voters or just rented the suburbs.
The first electoral test of this theory came in a special election in the Connecticut 36th State Senate District.
When all the voters were counted the results were bad news for the Democrats.
Republican Alex Fazio defeated gun-grabber Alexis Gevanter in a district Joe Biden carried by 25 points in 2020.
After the election, Fazio cast his victory as the beginnings of a red wave that would crest in reaction to Joe Biden’s far-left agenda.
“I think the recipe, ultimately, for statewide victory for Republicans is to continue to do better in places like the Naugatuck Valley and eastern Connecticut but also stop the losses or reverse the losses in lower Fairfield County,” Fazio stated. “This is not a Connecticut-specific trend, this is a national trend.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel celebrated the win.
“Congratulations to Republican @ryanfazio for winning Connecticut Senate District 36!Biden won this district by 25 points in 2020 and tonight, we flipped it RED!The RNC was proud to work with the @CTGOP to get out the vote,” McDaniel wrote.
If Republicans want to oust the Democrat majority, districts like Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District – where this special state Senate election took place – are the types of places the GOP needs to regain ground.
As Elections Daily explains, the Connecticut Fourth is the type of district that used to vote Republican but trended blue over the last 15 years.
“Historically, the voting patterns of these towns mirrored those of other wealthy locales – moderate Republicans dominated the Gold Coast. But as the national GOP has veered to the right on social issues though, Democrats have been making heavy inroads as business-minded Republicans increasingly vote in line with their culturally liberal views. In 2008, Democrats finally unseated the last of Connecticut’s moderate Republicans on a congressional level, with businessman Jim Himes unseating incumbent Rep. Chris Shays. The Democratic coattails from Obama’s landslide performance (nearly 60% of the vote) were just enough to unseat Shays, particularly due to strong turnout in more Democratic-leaning areas of Stamford and Norwalk, as well as heavily Democratic Bridgeport, as shown in analyst Drew Savicki’s map,” Elections Daily wrote.
Democrats whisper in private that Nancy Pelosi will retire after 2022.
And the early returns suggest Pelosi may be leaving town under a cloud of shame if the trend for the Connecticut state Senate special election holds true.
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