Oliver Willis

Democrats Win NY-26, 434 To Go

Dear Paul Ryan, thanks.

Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser in the race against Jane Corwin. But Ms. Hochul seized on her Republican rival’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.

Voters, who turned out in strikingly large numbers for a special election, said they trusted Ms. Hochul, the county clerk of Erie County, to protect Medicare.

“I have almost always voted the party line,” said Gloria Bolender, a Republican from Clarence who is caring for her 80-year-old mother. “This is the second time in my life I’ve voted against my party.”

Republicans appear to have done with seniors what they did with blacks and latinos: pander so much to a fringe of their base that they alienate an important voting bloc.

But I happen to be a Democrat, so keep it up guys.