The fact that the Democratic Party managed to win the Senate election in Alabama, a deeply conservative state, indicates that its popularity is growing while the GOP’s shrinks, writes Alan Abramowitz of The Washington Post. President Trump has divided Republicans and motivated Democrats. The candidate he backed in the Virginia gubernatorial race lost worse than expected. Seats in Georgia’s legislature have been falling to Democrats. In a national poll, 10% more Americans said they’d prefer a Democrat over a Republican in the Senate. This shift in one of the reddest states suggests more blue victories in 2018.
Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate race because he was an extremely poor candidate, not because a new Democratic wave is sweeping the country, asserts James Warren of US News. The accusations of sexual misconduct against him sunk his campaign and taught Republicans that they shouldn’t embrace such controversial figures. While this loss stings for the GOP, it doesn’t at all mean that voters are turning away from President Trump. Alabama remains a deeply conservative state that still strongly supports the president. Doug Jones beat a poor opponent, but it is likely that he will lose his seat during the next election in 2020.