Democrats are on a roll in special election victories following Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House. Tonight’s victory in Pennsylvania suggests a major wave of victories for Democrats in November.
According to a press release from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), Democrat Helen Tai won her special election in Pennsylvania’s House District 178, which includes the towns of Northampton, Upper Makefield, New Hope, Solebury, and Wrightstown. The seat, which has been solidly Republican for 35 years, is the 41st flipped legislative seat for Democrats since the 2016 presidential election.
“Pennsylvania voters made their voices heard – they are ready to send a representative to Harrisburg who will stand up for them and advocate for government and redistricting reform, smarter investments in our public schools, and fight the opioid crisis,” DLCC executive director Jessica Post said in a public statement. “The DLCC looks forward to continuing our work with Pennsylvania state Democrats to win more seats in November and position Democrats for success ahead of critical 2020 redistricting.”
Representative-elect Tai will join the Pennsylvania legislature after serving as chair of her local Board of Supervisors in Solebury township. Her key campaign issues included quality public education, clean air and water, affordable healthcare, and living wage jobs.
According to her campaign website, Tai is the daughter of Chinese immigrants, and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, before earning her Master’s Degree in statistics at Penn State. Tai’s special election was one of the more high-profile state legislative contests this year, with Tai earning endorsements from both former Vice President Joe Biden and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D).
Other winners of tonight’s Pennsylvania primary include U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania), who clinched the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate primary, and Penn Waste founder and CEO Scott Wagner, who won the Republican gubernatorial primary. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) and Governor Wolf ran unopposed.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.