The news from the midterms, and now the 2020 race, has gone through a fairly dramatic shift this week.
A throng of Democrats and their supporters greeted New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez like a rock star in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday night, after she became a political sensation through her stunning primary victory. Now that she’s positioned as a rising star in the party, the president’s allies have faced their own surge of star power: White House allies in Virginia staged an unprecedented effort to assist Democrat Elaine Luria in a hard-fought race for a Republican-held congressional seat, and she defeated Republican incumbent Scott Taylor to win her seat.
Elsewhere, a double shot of red-state Democrats announced their presidential ambitions on Wednesday. In Iowa, Rep. Jim Himes, who represents a suburban district in the state’s 1st District, declared he is “seriously exploring a run” in 2020, while Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts said he was “seriously considering a presidential run.”
As for Trump, in the latest episode of his never-ending election rant, he bashed Democrat Joe Kennedy III, calling him a “phony.”