Delaware county Democrats not only won a seat on the County Council for the first time since the Home Rule Charter removed the requirement for the minority party to have a member, but they won two seats on the Council, and won all but one countywide race.
“It’s been a long time coming, let me tell you. This is going to be a historic night,” Delaware County Democratic Chairman David Landau told the Delco Times.
According to the Inquirer, county Democrats pushed to make the election a referendum on Trump, and hoped that and a voter registration advantage would allow them to win.
“The Democrats made the race about Washington and were able to drive voters to the polls because of that. We have to move forward and jointly govern, and welcome [Democrats] into county leadership for the good of Delaware County,” Delaware County GOP Chairman Andrew Reilly told the Inquirer.
The results could lay the groundwork for how Democrat’s plans for next year. The push by Democrats turned traditionally Republican strongholds Democratic, including Upper Darby. If areas like that continue to vote Democratic in 2018, it could be trouble for Congressman Pat Meehan, whose district is centred around Delaware County.