(ConservativePeak.com)- On Wednesday, President Donald Trump publicly celebrated the two Republican victories in special elections in California and Wisconsin.
“Big Congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats,” the president tweeted. “This is the first time in many years that a California Dem seat has flipped back to a Republican.”
Big Congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats. This is the first time in many years that a California Dem seat has flipped back to a Republican. Also, Tom Tiffany beat his Democrat rival BIG in Wisconsin. Two great Congressional WINS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2020
The news is huge. In California, seats that turn blue rarely go red again. The state is one of the most left-wing parts of the country, with its densely-populated big cities canceling out the votes of the Republicans who live in the more rural parts of the region.
Mike Garcia defeated Christy Smith by a huge 12 points in the special election contest, taking the seat that was vacated by former congresswoman Katie Hill. Hill, you may remember, resigned in October 2019 after it was revealed she was having inappropriate sexual relationships with a campaign staffer.
A scandal like that is enough for people to reconsider the party they vote for, but in such divisive times, it’s unlikely that the scandal alone was the reason why so many people decided to change their vote from Democrat to Republican. If it’s a sign of what’s to come in November, it’s good news for the Republicans. Not only does it mean that President Trump may pick up more support in California and other heavily Democratic states, but it also suggests the Republicans could be on their way to taking back the house.
Before these special elections, conservative commentator Ryan Girdusky noted, the Republicans needed to take 19 seats to win back the House. Now they only need to win 17.
Since Pelosi took the gavel, the GOP won 2 House districts (NJ-1 flipped when he changed registration). That means they need just 17 more to win the House, it’s a lot easier than 19.
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) May 13, 2020
The second win, in Wisconsin, saw Republican Tom Tiffany beat Democratic candidate Tricia Zunker by an even larger 15 points, taking the seat that was vacated by Democrat Sean Duffy.
President Trump endorsed both candidates and was clearly overjoyed with the results. The question is, will the momentum carry over into the November election?