Democrats had a pretty good night where I live. A well-known and well-liked Democrat, Adam Bello, beat a not-well-liked Republican for Monroe County Executive, Cheryl DiNolfo. Two Democrats won judicial seats, one of them beating an incumbent Republican.
In my suburb, the politics are changing. Last night, the well-known and well-liked Republican town supervisor won, as did his deputy. But it looks like the third contested seat will be occupied by a Democrat, which means that our town council majority has flipped to the Democrats for the first time in history. And, if his massive 35 vote margin holds, we’ll have elected our first Democrat as a county legislator in a long time.
Other historically Republican suburbs are still electing Republicans–the reason we’re winning in my suburb is down to some racist flyers and pissed off women. Shortly after Trump was elected, some crude racist flyers were spread around town, and a community group formed to combat racism. That group, mainly women, also organizes GOTV campaigns, and they target other women. Here’s a postcard we received the day before the election, addressed to my wife and daughter:
My wife also received calls and texts from real people, including one from the town supervisor candidate yesterday, as well as numerous canvassing visits.
A few years ago, the accepted wisdom here was that Democrats can win federal elections, but Republicans owned the low-turnout county and town elections. Democrats didn’t sweep last night, but they did better than they’ve done in decades.