Well whoop-dee-doo, we have a winner!
The Democratic National Committee has been searching high and low for a win that it could hang its hat on ever since Donald Trump — despite all odds — claimed the White House and the Senate remained in Republican hands.
The Democrats lost their chance earlier this month to pick up a House seat in Kansas, and Tuesday’s battle for a Georgia House seat is going on to a runoff election.
But the party nonetheless found a glimmer of hope Tuesday in another contest — one that most people hadn’t heard about.
It was for a race in Prince William County, Virginia, a Washington, D.C. suburb.
“Also last night, Democrat Jacqueline C. Smith also pulled out an 8-point win over a Virginia Republican heavyweight in a local clerk of court race in Prince William County, VA.,” the DNC heralded in a Wednesday email, according to CNS News.
The email indicated in its subject line “Special Elections In GA and VA Should Terrify the Party of Trump.”
“Democrat Jacqueline Smith beats long odds, big money in special election for court clerk,” the DNC email continued, quoting the Prince William Times.
Yeah, no doubt the county court clerk race result had Trump quaking in his boots.
“Democrat defeats GOP’s House majority whip in contest for court clerk in Prince William, the message to the party faithful quoted ”
Even the liberal Huffington Post, also hungry for a victory of some sort, heralded the Democratic win, and the DNC email included a sentence “Virginia Democrats took control of a local court clerkship on Tuesday in a defeat for one of the state’s top Republican lawmakers.”
The email also declared victory in Georgia’s 6th Congressional race, although no clear winner was declared. the email said:
I hate to break it to you, Sean Spicer, but Jon Ossoff won by a 30 point margin and only shows that Republicans are in trouble. Even with being outspent 2-to-1 with ad buys and robocalls by President Trump and his billionaire friends, Democrat Jon Ossoff will enter Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District Special election runoff in a strong position, thanks to a groundswell of grassroots volunteers. This spells trouble for his opponent and GOP candidates whose districts are no longer safe for 2018.
— Jewhadi™ (@JewhadiTM) April 20, 2017
What the DNC failed to mention was that a field of 11 declared Republicans had entered the race. Although there were five declared Democrats in the running, all the money — literally — was on filmmaker John Ossoff. His campaign received millions in donations — the bulk of it from out-of-state.
But hey, they can still look to the county clerk as a victory. it’s not much but it could be worse — it could have been for dog catcher. Besides, you have to take your victories as you find them.
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