So much for COVID-19 dragging down President Trump and the Republican party…
A special election in Wisconsin suggests that a red wave may be growing.
Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker and will replace her in Congress!
And it was a BLOWOUT.
Tiffany (R) won with 57% of the vote compared to Zunker (D) with 43% of the vote).
Over 25,000 more people voted for Tiffany over Zunker to represent Wisconsin's 7th district.
Mopre details on this breaking development below:
Tiffany's victory comes as Democrats are pushing for a nationwide vote-by-mail effort.
Many in the media appear to be salivating at the idea of COVID-19 damaging President Trump and the entire Republican party.
However, if Wisconsin's special election is any indication, Trump may be stronger than many polls show.
It would be like 2016 all over again.
Below is the New York Time's vote result by county:
Local WEAU 13 News was among the first to report that Tom Tiffany (R) was the winner in the 7th Congressional District race:
The AP is declaring Republican Tom Tiffany the winner over Democrat Tricia Zunker to fill the seat vacated by Sean Duffy.
Tiffany will serve until January.
If he wants to stay in office, he needs to win a partisan primary in August and the district's regular election in November.
Tiffany raised four times as much money as Zunker, who was trying to flip the district under Republican control since 2011.
The district covers over 20 counties in Wisconsin.
Similar to Trump, Tiffany is a businessman with extensive experience outside of politics.
To put this into perspective, President Obama won the district in both 2008 and 2012.
The Juneau County Star Times has more details on Tom Tiffany's victory:
Republican Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker in a special election for Wisconsin's 7th district on May 12.
The Congressional district covers more than 20 counties in whole or part in a largely rural area, including the northern portion of Juneau County. It has been among the least affected areas of the COVID-19 pandemic, with under 2% of all positive cases in the state and under 2.5% of deaths despite covering more than 18,500 square miles and making up the largest district geographically. Former Representative Sean Duffy occupied the seat from 2011 until September 2019, when he resigned citing family reasons.
Tiffany, a businessman and state representative since 2011, defeated Zunker, an attorney, judge for the Ho-Chunk Nation and a member of the Wausau School Board, by a margin of 57% to 43%. The margin represents an eight point swing towards Democrats from the 2018 election, where Duffy won by a 22 point margin.
"I will do my very best to represent everybody in the 7th Congressional District out in Washington D.C.," Tiffany said in a victory speech on Facebook. "I have one goal as I go out to D.C., and that is to get America back up on our feet again."
Former President Barack Obama won the district in his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and current President Donald Trump won the district by 21 points in the 2016 presidential campaign.
As Democrats continue to push for a national vote-by-mail election in November, Wisconsin will continue to be a battleground state.
Trump famously flipped states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, which were part of the fabled "blue wall."
Now, both parties will be focusing heavily on Wisconsin, using it as one of the barometers leading up to November.
And as of right now, Trump's strength remains strong!