As if election forecasts could get any worse for Democrats, a new report has discovered yet another angle revealing the grim outlook for Democrats in upcoming elections.
What are the details?
Democratic political experts who spoke with Politico expressed the belief that results in the Philly suburbs two weeks ago are the proverbial canary in the coal mine for Democrats.
Whereas Trump performed poorly the Philadelphia suburbs, which undoubtedly helped Democrats flip Pennsylvania blue, the pendulum is now swinging in the other direction, which will hamper Democrats' ability to win important elections.
The development went overlooked amid Republican victories in Virginia and New Jersey two weeks ago.
Largely overlooked amid the party's dismal suburban results in Virginia and New Jersey last week, Republicans regained ground in the vote-rich Philly suburbs after years of losses under Trump. The GOP flipped multiple row offices in populous Bucks County, carried a state Supreme Court race there, and even came close to winning seats on the county council in Delaware County, where Biden romped by nearly 30 points in 2020.
The significance of Republicans gaining ground in suburban Philadelphia cannot be overstated.
Because the Quaker State will feature important and competitive races in the House, Senate, and in Harrisburg next November, political observers believe GOP gains over the last year are yet another foreboding indicator of what will happen to Democrats when the dust settles next year.
What did experts say?
Dan Sena, former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told Politico elections this month foreshadow the 2022 midterms.
"This November was an early insight into what Democrats could be facing in the suburbs in 2022," Sena explained. "The suburbs have become much more competitive for Democrats than they have been in the last two elections, and provide opportunities for Republicans to make gains."
Tom Bonier of the Democratic data firm TargetSmart, meanwhile, told Politico the election results proved Republicans remain engaged without Donald Trump on the ballot — and even proved GOP favor improves without Trump.
"At the same time, without Trump on the ballot, it seems that some number of these mostly suburban, mostly better-educated Republicans who had fled the party under Trump were more comfortable coming back to the party," Bonier said.
Bonier further explained that elections this month appeared to be influenced by national issues, as well as local ones. Both favor Republicans, who are aided by the Democratic Party's miscalculations on education and President Joe Biden's cratering approval.
Although the 2022 midterms remain one year away, it seems the writing is already on the wall.
A stunning new ABC News/Washington Post survey revealed Sunday that voter preference ahead of the election currently stands at a staggering 10-point gap, with registered voters favoring Republicans over Democrats.