By Amber Phillips of the Washington Post
Tuesday was a night of extremes. In primaries and special elections in five states — Ohio, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington — socialist-leaning Democrats challenged their party’s establishment, with mixed results, while President Trump boosted GOP challengers far on the right, with mixed results.
And, of course, the big story is in Ohio. Republican Troy Balderson held a narrow lead in a special congressional election that, on paper, Republicans should have won by miles.
Democrats and some independent observers think that the fact that Democrats got this close in such a Republican-leaning district underscores two dynamics trending their way nationally:
- Voters in Republican-leaning suburban districts are souring on Trump.
- Largely because of that, a wave that will sweep Republicans out of power appears to be building.