Dem strategists believe special election wins are good signs for party

 October 9, 2023

President Joe Biden's abysmal approval ratings have many in the Democratic Party worried sick about next year's election, but some Dem strategists are hanging onto to threads of hope. 

According to The Hill, a number of Democrat wins in special elections across the country could be a bellwether for 2024.

The outlet pointed to wins related to "an abortion-related measure in Ohio and a New Hampshire state House race in a district former President Trump won by a slim margin in 2020."

Though it could be wishful thinking, the outlet noted that there could be a sense of "renewed optimism" for Democrats heading into next year's election.

Strategists weigh in

Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright seems to think that a few wins means that voters will still have faith in Democratic candidates next year.

"I think it’s a reflection of the fact that Democrats have been delivering for the American people and quite frankly, there’s not a constituency in this country who has not benefited from the Democratic way of life when it comes to our priorities, our legislative agenda, up and down the ballot," he said.

Seawright added, "These elections are a true reflection of that and at the end of the day, voters, in particular Black voters, demonstrate their trust when they cast their vote at the ballot box."

He failed to mention the massive shift taking place in the Black community on the political front, especially as Black voters remember who was responsible for soaring grocery and gas prices.

Abhi Rohman, the communications director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, is convinced that abortion issues will help carry Democrats to the finish line.

"That’s been kind of the centerpiece to all of this. And then secondly, what it shows you is that Democrats have way more strength really across the country than people think. There’s a lot of people who were worried about the top of the ticket and President Biden and his approval numbers, of how the country views him, but Democrats who are running a center-left platform, under the Biden brand, they’re winning all over the country," he said.


Democratic strategist Jon Reinish thinks Dems are making strides by making the "right arguments" to the American people.

"I will say it adds weight to the fact that we are making the right arguments that are resonating with very broad swathes of the American people," Reinish said.

Back to reality. And the reality is that most Americans are well aware of why they can't afford homes, cars, groceries, energy, and other items that they never had to worry about under the last administration.

And that will certainly be made clear next year at the ballot box.

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