Upcoming 2017 Special Elections
Our first glimpse at the Trump effect on the electorate may come as soon as April when the first of five "special elections"will take place to fill the terms of Members of Congress who are leaving their seats to serve in the Trump Administration.
A "Special Election" is one called to fill the unexpected vacancy of an elected office mid-term.
Although 4 of the 5 are traditionally Republican seats, Democrats are hoping the increasing negatives of the Trump presidency - at only 41% approval (Gallup) - and the historic edge of mid-terms gains favored by the Party outside the White House, to play in their favor.
When and if Ryan Zinke is confirmed (as Secretary of the Department of Interior) a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives will be held to replace the recently re-elected U.S. congressman from Whitefish sometime this year.
On the republican ticket, Word came out Thursday, On the Voices of Montana radio show by Lewis and Clark republican central committee chairman, Joe Dooling, That the current president of the Montana state senate, Scott Sales has withdrawn his name from the race.
That leaves four in the republican side including, senator Ed Buttrey, Former candidate for Governor, Greg Gianforte former state senator Ken Miller, and businessman Eugene Graf.
For the Democrats side of the ticket its State representative, Amanda Curtis and Representative Kelley Mccarthy and Musician, Rob Quist. For more information about the special election and to listen to what U.S. Senator Steve Daines has to say, listen to the shows podcast right here
The elections will be determined by conventions that the parties hold and not by a primary election. The conventions will be held by party leaders from across the state, Who will gather to determine who the nominee is.
EAST COBB, GEORGIA -- The race to represent District 6 (in Georgia)…promises to be a hotly contested match between candidates who espouse President Trump's ideology, the Republican old guard and Democrats looking to stem the area's conservative tide.
Many of the candidates in the district, which has leaned Republican in recent elections, are in the midst of qualifying for the race.
The seat of former U.S. Rep. Tom Price is vacant after the Roswell doctor was named the U.S. health secretary.
It is interesting to note that in the 6th District in Georgia, Hillary Clinton lost by just one percentage point – 47% for Hillary and 48% for Trump.
With their usual tactical stupidity, you can expect the Democratic party machine to put forward only a half-hearted effort to win these special election races.
Yet, this would be a great vehicle to throw a scare into the Republican party establishment if the Democrats did substantially better than expected. In turn, that might make the Republicans think twice about too loyal a support of the Trump agenda and of pursuing other radically conservative goals.