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GOP Goes on Offense, Targets Obama to Trump Districts for 2018

Republicans are attempting to flip conventional wisdom by going on offense in the 2018 midterms. And it just might work.

By NTK Staff | 12.01.2017 @10:00am
GOP Goes on Offense, Targets Obama to Trump Districts for 2018

Democrat support among white, working-class voters is eroding, and Republicans are looking to take advantage in the upcoming midterm elections next year.

According to Politico, Republicans aren’t content to just hold their 24-seat majority in the House of Representatives, they’re looking to expand that margin in districts held by Democrats but won by Donald Trump in 2016.

Traditionally, the party in power faces headwinds heading into midterm election cycles, but Republicans believe they could make inroads, particularly in those blue-collar districts.

Republicans are mostly on defense in the House of Representatives ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, with Democrats looking to erase the GOP’s 24-seat advantage and take back the majority. But Republicans are also confident they can pad their margin by picking off some Democrats in heavily white, blue-collar districts next fall, despite the political winds blowing against them elsewhere in the U.S. — and Democrats are relying on those members to learn the lessons of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss to avoid 2018 surprises.

“Let’s see what happens when these Democrats are viciously attacked for the first time in their careers,” Corry Bliss, CLF’s executive director, told Politico.

Democrats argue it’s too early to tell if Trump’s success among white, working-class voters was a one-time thing or the result of a growing trend.

But, Democrats have lost more than 900 seats in state legislatures and in Washington since 2008. That erosion of support is taking place largely in the more rural districts, meaning some of these Trump district Democrats could be in real jeopardy next year.

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