Chris Van Hollen

Alabama results remake 2018 election playbook for both parties

Alabama results remake 2018 election playbook for both parties

Alabama's surprising election outcome upended the expectations in both parties for next year's midterm campaigns, with Democrats emboldened by signs of a resurgent voter base and Republicans sensing new vulnerabilities.

The victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones to represent that heavily conservative state in the Senate was the latest example in a string of elections this year that Democratic leaders think represent a growing backlash against President Donald Trump — and a potential building wave for 2018.

"People know that this is a political earthquake," said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who is running the Democrats' 2018 Senate campaign efforts. "And...

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