Morning Jolt: Are Republican Candidates Taking the Red Wave for Granted?

On the menu today: Democrats are claiming that the red wave is canceled, and are even whispering that they have a shot of keeping control of the House of Representatives. You can over-interpret a late-August special House election or two, but there are definite signs that Republicans' momentum has slowed — or maybe even stalled. The big question now is: How well can this crop of GOP candidates perform if they don't have a strong wind at their backs?

Stay Alert, Republicans

Yes, you can over-interpret a special-election result. When you hold an election on a day besides the first Tuesday in November, turnout is usually significantly lower. Only the diehards are interested, the process of selecting candidates is dependent upon a smaller group of party regulars, and odd things can happen as a result.

In special elections, parties can win seats that they would never win under normal circumstances. Back in 2010, Republican Charles Djou won a seat in an exceptionally Democratic-leaning district in Hawaii, in part because it was an unusual three-way race. Back in 2011, Republican Bob Turner won Anthony Weiner's district ...

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WITH JIM GERAGHTY August 26 2022
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WITH JIM GERAGHTY August 26 2022
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Are Republican Candidates Taking the Red Wave for Granted?

On the menu today: Democrats are claiming that the red wave is canceled, and are even whispering that they have a shot of keeping control of the House of Representatives. You can over-interpret a late-August special House election or two, but there are definite signs that Republicans' momentum has slowed — or maybe even stalled. The big question now is: How well can this crop of GOP candidates perform if they don't have a strong wind at their backs?

Stay Alert, Republicans

Yes, you can over-interpret a special-election result. When you hold an election on a day besides the first Tuesday in November, turnout is usually significantly lower. Only the diehards are interested, the process of selecting candidates is dependent upon a smaller group of party regulars, and odd things can happen as a result.

In special elections, parties can win seats that they would never win under normal circumstances. Back in 2010, Republican Charles Djou won a seat in an exceptionally Democratic-leaning district in Hawaii, in part because it was an unusual three-way race. Back in 2011, Republican Bob Turner won Anthony Weiner's district ...   READ MORE

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