Primaries in Pennsylvania could predict Democrat turnout in November elections
Many candidates, counted seats and a battle within a party sounds like an accurate description of the 2016 presidential election, but what we’re really talking about is the primary election in Pennsylvania for the midterm elections in November.
There are those who describe madness as "doing the same thing over and over again hoping to get different results." If that is the case, then the Democratic Party seems to be showing alarming signs of insanity.
An avalanche of candidates has signed up for the race for seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, ready to fight tooth and nail over a freshly redone pie slice.
According to Politico, the redistribution of the district map, retirements, and resignations, "have roiled the state's political landscape over the last nine months, shuffling the partisan and geographic makeup of Pennsylvania's congressional districts and yielding a whopping seven open seats out of 18 ahead of Tuesday’s primaries.”
Most important, the media outlet continues, is that all these circumstances have only facilitated "a wider playing field for Democrats in a state that helped deliver President Donald Trump the White House two years ago, with the opportunity to gain as many as five districts in November."
For Chrissy Houlahan, a Democratic candidate running for retiring GOP Rep. Ryan Costello’s seat in the Philadelphia suburbs, "many of these races will be indicators as to whether the House flips," she told Politico.
Since 2014, Pennsylvania has been divided by both parties. A Republican majority has controlled Congress since 2010, while a Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf was elected in 2014 for a four-year term.
But a new district map brought an overwhelming number of candidates with it, and among such diversity, what prevails is chaos.
For Daniel Marans of the Huffington Post, the race for seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives "embodies the fight for the future of the Democratic Party."
Only the candidates for District 7 - Greg Edward, Susan Wild, and John Morganelli - are the sample of the traditional democratic range of options that is perpetuated as if nothing had been learned from the presidential election.
Between arms control, the incursion of money into politics and the single-payer health care system, candidates barely keep up the Democratic scheme, with "substantial ideological differences" that "make the race something of a microcosm of the factional battles that have consumed the Democratic Party since the 2016 presidential primary,” Marans explains.
Susan Wild qualifies in the profile of Hillary Clinton; Greg Edwards in the "populist" who graces in the figure of Bernie Sanders, and John Morganelli in the malleable Democrat who supports Donald Trump. However, not one of the candidates is solid enough to face the Republican nominees, at least not in District 7.
However, and as ABC News explained, political experts "predict that Democrats could net three to five House seats under the new map, helping them on their way to the 24 seats they need to retake control of the House of Representatives."