Election

Commentator: high voter turnout result of Trump, style of leadership

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Tuesday’s midterm elections were unlike any in recent history, with some areas fin the Midstate seeing record-breaking voter turnout.

"Without question, it’s because of Donald Trump, both pro and con,” said political pro and former CNN commentator Jeff Lord.

Lord lives in Camp Hill and said Wednesday he believes an impassioned electorate in 2018 is a result of the guy at the top.

"The people that don't like him, that really don't like him, were determined to come out, and the people who really love the guy were passionate about this,” he said.

Both sides of the aisle flocked to the polls, helping to contribute to a record-setting midterm turnout in Lancaster County, with 61.6 percent of registered voters (202,977) casting a ballot.

In York County, turnout was even higher at 67 percent (170,456 votes), while in Dauphin County, 59 percent of voters (109,525) hit the polls, compared to their previous midterm best of 45.5 percent in 2014.

"I think it will continue as long as Trump is President, that's for sure,” said Lord, who believes the Trump effect motivates voters in both parties.

Lord is quick to condemn the much talked about “blue wave” that succeeded in getting Democrats elected in eastern Pennsylvania races. It struggled in the Midstate, he said, due to demographics.

"The blue wave hid a red wall and became a puddle,” he joked.

Lord believes achieving widespread Democratic success in the south-central Pennsylvania region will continue beyond 2018, regardless of new district boundaries that are set to be redrawn after the 2020 census.

“It's just hard to think that central Pennsylvania, which has been so thoroughly Republican for decades and decades and decades, is going to change, no matter how you draw the map,” he said.

With Democrats set to take control of the U.S. House, Lord believes bipartisan efforts between new legislators and the Trump administration could likely focus on infrastructure and healthcare. The latter is an issue he believes the GOP should have already locked up.

“They should have had this [new healthcare option] ready to go after criticizing President Obama for seven years," he said. "They should have had a plan the day President Trump was sworn in.”


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