I was going to write a post last night, but Judy and I were both obsessively scouring the internet for results from the special election in Pennsylvania’s  18th Congressional District.

Conor Lamb, the Democrat, won by about 600 votes, which is a remarkable result in a district that Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016. (There may be a recount, however.) Here’s what Political Wire, which has become my “go to” political website, had to say about the significance of this special election:

There are 119 congressional districts held by Republicans that are more liberal than Pennsylvania’s 18th. If Democrats are competitive in just half of them, Republicans will be swept out of office this fall in record numbers.

Now, this is not a political blog. In fact, I started this blog in part to distract myself from politics. But I never claimed to be consistent, and I feel compelled to highlight this promising development.

In honor of this event, I am posting the state song of Pennsylvania. It is entitled, appropriately enough, “Pennsylvania”. Enjoy.

22 Comments on “Pennsylvania

  1. As a newly minted Pennsylvaniaian living Just next door to district 18 I followed this race with great interest…lol, I got the best update from your post! Thanks

  2. Wonderful. I was up until 3a.m, following the results of PA 18 and couldn’t keep my eyes open, so the “apparent winner” was announced just before I woke up! Keep hope alive!

  3. It is indeed a promising development, Jason. America needs to live up to its best promise, not return far back to a dark past.

  4. Fingers and toes crossed that this bodes well for the 2018 elections.

  5. Yes, we watched this election with great interest. Go Demo.

  6. No comment on politics. (I am in California.) I do love Pennsylvania since much of what I know about horticulture was learned from people from here and Pennsylvania, as well as Oklahoma and a few other places.

  7. Looks like I was not the only one who was still watching the tv at 2 a.m. Eastern time hoping for a “final answer”, LOL. Can you imagine what a marathon of election-results-watching we’ll be in for on November 6th?!? (Can’t wait, lol)

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