Democrats boasted optimistically of an impending wave, and produced a new list of races that suddenly seemed within reach.
Lamb held a 627-vote lead over Republican Rick Saccone in the Pennsylvania 18th congressional district special election as of Monday afternoon, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State unofficial ballot count in the March 13 special election.
Republicans looking for lessons found several. Candidates matter. Campaigns, too.
Since 2016, when Trump won and the GOP kept control of the House and Senate, Democrats have flipped a net 39 state legislative seats from red to blue, swept statewide elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and elected Sen.
Trump won more than 100 districts nationwide by narrower margins than that, arguably making them comparably competitive now. The Associated Press has not declared a victor. "Now more than ever, candidates and campaigns matter".More news: Experiments with DirectX Raytracing in Northlight
Publicly, Republican officials sought to downplay the outcome as a one-off that won't be replicated as they protect their majority nationwide this fall, especially if voters start to see benefits from the GOP tax bill in paychecks. Lamb has been pitching for a change in leadership and does not get along particularly well with Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives.
Lamb didn't run on the Democratic Party platform, Jenkins said.
Chances for a behind-the-scenes effort to strengthen Capitol Hill procedures for dealing with workplace harassment complaints also appeared to be fading, aides in both parties said, casting responsibility on Senate Republicans for favoring a more narrowly drawn approach than legislation that passed the House last month.
In North Carolina, two Democrats - philanthropist Kathy Manning and Marine Corps veteran Dan MacCready - have raised more money than Republican incumbents.
The truth is that Conor Lamb is, like Scoop Jackson decades ago, a centrist Democrat who opposed some social programs emphasized by the party's left and avoided playing the game of identity politics, in which much of the Democratic left makes representing so-called oppressed groups, i.e., African-Americans, women, the gay community, transgender people, and other minorities at the center of the issues they emphasize during electoral campaigns.More news: Arrest warrant issued for Jonathan Martin, who is facing five charges
Trump still wows the crowds. But the president's supporters are not necessarily a lock for Republican candidates. Trump is leading the nation in the right direction, he said. - Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, late Speaker of the House.
"This fellow did not run as a Democrat", Jenkins said.
"Just tell people what you have in your heart and in your plan for them", she told the AP later.
The White House insists GOP candidates shouldn't shy away from the president. "We have to move on a bipartisan basis to put it back in business", said No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL on "Fox News Sunday". They have some 1,200 candidates running for the 435 House seats, a great many of them full-throated Trump haters.
Fallout from the special election in the 18th district special election, Lamb and Saccone trending in opposite directions again, labor unions getting credit for pushing Lamb over the line, and Toohil shows courage.More news: Time's Up calls for Cuomo to probe DA over failed Weinstein case
Republicans have been counting on the GOP tax bill, with follow-up announcements of bonuses or bigger take-home pay, to push voters to their side.