Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a Republican who narrowly led in polls for months,

lost New York’s 19th Congressional District to Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan,

who had heavily campaigned on abortion since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Republicans did win a different special election in New York’s 23rd District.

But in that race, Republican Joe Sempolinski won by only 7 points in a district former President Donald Trump had won by 15.

If Republicans underperform nationally in November the way they did Tuesday in New York, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will hold her majority.

There was one bright spot for Republicans, however, some thousand miles south in Florida.

Of the 30 school board members endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, 19 won outright, seven advanced to runoff elections, and just four lost. 

And it wasn’t just how many seats DeSantis won but where he won them.

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