Richard Burr

Witcover: Congressional defeat is another leak in the Trump bubble

Witcover: Congressional defeat is another leak in the Trump bubble

The upset victory of a Democrat over a Republican heavily backed by President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District has pumped new optimism into voters looking to November's midterm elections to rid the country of the man in the Oval Office.

Moderate Democrat Conor Lamb held a 627-vote lead over Trump devotee Rick Saccone according to the Associated Press, in a district Mr. Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016. The tally reinforces the possibility of a Democratic "blue wave" of anti-Trump rejection of Republican candidates across the country by next fall.

The Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to gain the majority in the House of...

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