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Why Democrats’ Hopes of Winning This GOP-Held Seat are Fading

Republicans are growing more confident that they’ll be able to protect this California seat.

By NTK Staff | 05.14.2018 @1:00pm
Why Democrats’ Hopes of Winning This GOP-Held Seat are Fading

Democrats must flip 24 House seats in order to take control of the lower chamber away from Republicans. The party is targeting clusters of seats in states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and California.

But at least one of those California seats seems to be staying stubbornly in Republican control. Rep. Mimi Walters’ (R-CA) district went to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential contest. That prompted Democrats to put the traditionally Republican district on their target list for seats to flip in 2018.

But according to Politico, that isn’t working out very well:

Yet six months before Election Day, the 55-year-old former investment banker and other members of California’s endangered GOP congressional delegation are upbeat about surviving the much-predicted Democratic wave. A voter referendum on the November ballot to repeal a state gasoline tax — which Walters helped raise millions of dollars for — has invigorated the conservative base, they say.

And Democrats have their own issues, namely a crush of candidates in several primary races that threatens to split progressive votes. At worst, that could keep a Democrat off the ballot under the state’s “jungle” primary system, in which the top two candidates from either party advance to the general election. At best, it’s likely to produce a more liberal general election candidate for Democrats in the center-right districts.

Despite Clinton winning her district in 2016, Walters defeated her opponent by 17 percentage points last cycle. “I got 37,000 more votes than President Trump did,” she told Politico. “That means that the people in the 45th district identify with the policies that I support and support me because I’m in line with what they believe in.”

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