Against a wave of liberal enthusiasm from suburban voters alienated by President Trump, Victoria Spartz, a Republican senator, won the election Wednesday to a reliable Conservative House seat outside of Indianapolis, dashing Democratic hopes for reverse the siege to expand their majority.
Ms Spartz, who was born in Soviet Ukraine and used her success story to emphasize her belief in limited government, prevailed against Christina Hale, a former Democratic state lawmaker who presented herself as a resolution centrist. of problems, according to the Associated Press. His victory reflected the Republicans’ strong hold over suburban voters in the district even as Mr. Trump faced headwinds.
That she defeated Ms. Hale for the vacant seat vacated by Rep. Susan W. Brooks, Republican from Indiana, who is retiring, sent Democrats a wake-up call. They hoped to increase their majority by snatching seats in well-educated, wealthy suburbs like Indiana’s seahorse-shaped Fifth Congressional District, betting that the erosion of Mr. Trump’s support would drag Republicans with him.
Ms Spartz managed to beat the odds in the District, which backed Mr Trump in 2016 by eight points.
Ms Hale had explicitly campaigned on the cross-appeal, promoting legislation she passed with Vice President Mike Pence when he was state governor and pledging to work the other way next to the driveway once in Washington. Mimicking a playbook that swept through 31 Democrats running in Trump’s Districts in the House in 2018, she kept a laser focus on healthcare and berated Ms Spartz for her handling of the pandemic. left.
Ms Spartz’s overt appeals to Republican voters, however – warning of the dangers of socialism and playing on her past as a businesswoman – ultimately moved enough rural and conservative voters in the district, crushing pockets of suburban voters who had resented his boldly partisan message. .