There have been many ups and downs during Trump’s first year in office.
In his fight against the establishment, Trump hasn’t always been the one to take the upper hand.
And one piece of news that Trump just got is the worst thing he’s heard during his entire presidency.
President Trump shocked the world when he won virtually the entire rustbelt, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Those wins shocked the world.
None of the traditional political experts expected he would do so well in those states, as they were expected to go to Hillary Clinton.
But despite the fact that he won in 2016, the current question becomes whether he can win it in 2020.
The President was hoping that the Pennsylvania race between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb would show that the rustbelt was still on his side.
In Pennsylvania’s 19th Congressional District, Trump won by 20 points in 2016.
But Rick Saccone didn’t do so well.
While the results aren’t yet finalized, the Democrat appears to be the winner.
It’s a nail-biter of an election, but Lamb is ahead by over 600 votes, with virtually every precinct fully reported.
The Democrats have already celebrated their win, but Republicans are not yet giving up.
While there is still a chance for Saccone to win, it doesn’t seem likely.
As reported by CNN:
“Democrat Conor Lamb is poised to deliver a stunning upset to the Republican Party in a Pennsylvania district Donald Trump handily won in 2016.
After a long night of drama, the race was too close to declare a winner. At this point, however, Republican Rick Saccone would have to overcome a significant uphill climb to overtake Lamb in the vote count.
Lamb claimed victory in a speech to his supporters Tuesday night.
“It took a little longer than we thought, but we did it,” he said. “You did it.”
Saccone, however, said he isn’t giving up.
“We are still fighting the fight. It’s not over yet,” Saccone told his supporters more than an hour earlier.
Bob Branstetter, a top adviser to Saccone’s campaign, told CNN Wednesday morning that the campaign is waiting for all votes to be counted, including provisional and absentee ballots, before reaching a decision on conceding. The campaign has not discussed a potential recount, he added.
Branstetter also said that the campaign received some calls from voters who were confused about whether they could still vote in the 18th District after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered that the state’s congressional map be redrawn.
Saccone has been circulating petitions for a few weeks to run this fall in the new 14th District, Branstetter said.”
Even if Saccone happens to catch up and beat Lamb, this is bad news for Republicans.
Trump won by 20 points in 2016, and anything less than that means Trump could be losing the support from many he won over in 2016.
This could simply be an anomaly.
The 2018 midterms will decide whether it is or not.