Republicans managed to pick up another special election victory on Tuesday, lending more weight to political analysts who are predicting the party will do well in the 2022 midterms.
Republican Nick Howland won the city council race on Tuesday where there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the county.
“Republican Nick Howland on Tuesday night clinched the necessary number of votes to take the City Council At-Large Group 3 seat. At about 7:45 p.m., with 196 of 199 precincts reporting, Howland maintained a strong lead over his opponent, Democrat Tracye Polson. Howland’s lead was greater than the remaining number of votes left to tabulate according to data from the Duval County Supervisor of Elections’ website,” News4Jax reported.
“At just before 10:30 p.m., all precincts were reporting and all mail-in and early votes had been counted. Howland won with 51.69% of the vote to Polson’s 48.31%. The seat was left vacant when Tommy Hazouri, who was a former council president and mayor, died in September,” the outlet noted further.
“It’s an exciting night. We anticipated we’d do well, but we did better than we expected,” Howland said.
“It means our message resonated, which is a strong support for public safety. creating jobs and investing in every neighborhood in Jacksonville,” he continued.
When asked what was the first thing he hopes to get done while in office, Howland responded: “Immediately we’re going to be faced with looking at the budget. I want to help the sheriff figure out how he’s going to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe.”
Conservative Brief notes:
While this was a local victory, all signs have pointed to Republicans performing well in the November midterms.
According to a survey released by a conservative pollster on Tuesday, voters appear to prefer GOP candidates over Democrats by nearly 13 points.
In addition, voters expect Republicans to keep the Biden administration in check, the survey from the Convention of States Action, working with the polling firm Trafalgar Group.