Will Democratic Extremism Cost the Party in Virginia and beyond?

by: Kristen Day

The current gubernatorial race in Virginia pits Democrat Ralph Northam against Ed Gillespie. While Hillary Clinton won the state, the race is a close one. Northam is now running ads to highlight his strong support for abortion. The pro-life vote can swing a seat 5 percentage points. As the Democratic Party has embraced an abortion extremist position, voters are turning away from voting for ANY democrat – whether they be pro-life or pro-choice.

Since 2010, the Democratic Party has lost over 1,000 legislative seats, including 33 state legislative chambers giving Republicans control of 67 out of 98 state legislative chambers. One would think Democrats have nowhere to go but up, yet the Party continues to be unsuccessful.

After losing 5 straight special elections, a gift was handed to Democrats when Republican Congressman Tim Murphy resigned over allegations he encourages his a married woman he had an affair with to have an abortion. A traditional blue state, Democrats have an opportunity to turn the tide in the 18th Congressional District. Five Democrats have entered the race, including pro-life democrat Gina Cerilli, who is the best bet to win. If smart, the Democrats will get behind this former Miss Pennsylvania, lawyer and current Westmoreland County commissioner.

Pennsylvania is an important state for Democrats and a victory would send a strong message going into 2018. The Murphy seat, as well as the race for Erie County Executive, will be an indicator for 2018. Former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper currently holds the seat. A pro-life Democrat in a blue region, it should be an easy re-election but the Republican is giving a real challenge in the 2017 race.

A bigger issue is the U.S. Senate where Democrats are defending 25 seats. The Roll Call race ratings indicate 38 solid or continuing Democratic seats versus 49 safe or Republican seats. Republicans only need to win or keep 2 seats to maintain control. The Democratic lift is much more challenging. In pro-life states like Indiana, West Virginia, Missouri, North Dakota and Ohio. Pennsylvania and Michigan could also come into play.

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