In Iowa’s 82nd House District Trump fans must be tired of all the winning, because yesterday, they took an unexpected shellacking.
In the race to succeed Representative Curt Hanson, who passed away in June, Republicans were thought to have momentum on their side. While Democrat Hanson held the seat since 2009, Donald Trump won the district in November by a whopping 21 percentage points.
That momentum skidded to grinding halt as Democrat Phil Miller defeated his Republican opponent Travis Harris with nearly 55% of the vote.
“Miller’s seat was a key hold for Dems to build momentum in IA for 2018. And Miller continues the late Curt Hanson’s legacy,” the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee tweeted last night. “[The distrcit] has trended more and more Republican, but strong Democratic organization and a strong candidate paved the way to victory.”
The astounding 26-point swing is just the latest sign that November 8, 2016 was not the start of a trend but its climax. How quickly our nation recovers from the ill-thought decisions of that day will depend on the persistence of concerned citizens nationwide — it will depend on all of us.
For now, however, congratulations to Representative-elect Phil Miller on a truly remarkable victory!