The key election takeaways: a Democratic surge and big wins for women

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The collapse in the Republican vote in suburban areas in the Trump era continued but candidates backed by the insurgent left fell short

A Democratic win in Tuesday’s special election in Ohio’s traditionally Republican 12th congressional district would have provided yet another ill omen for GOP prospects of holding on to their House majority in the November midterms. Instead, Republicans appeared to have clung on to a once safe seat by less than one percent of the vote. A loss would have been devastating for Republicans who had been forced to invest heavily to keep their candidate, Troy Balderson, afloat.

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