GOP Rep. Tom Price's confirmation as HHS secretary sets up an April special election in a wealthy, well-educated Atlanta seat President Trump carried by less than two points after Mitt Romney carried it by 23 points in 2012. And if Trump's approval rating ebbs into the spring, it could turn into the first test of Democrats' ability to compete on traditionally GOP turf where Trump has...
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House Republicans begin the 2018 cycle with a favorable map and plenty of structural and turnout advantages, as we detailed two weeks ago. However, history shows that fortunes can change in a hurry. And if the next 21 months of the Trump administration are much rockier than the last two weeks, the House could be in play in the midterms.
Typically, midterm elections are, to borrow a word from the new president's lexicon, "tremendous" opportunities for the out party to hold a first-term White House occupant accountable. Just ask Bill Clinton about 1994 or Barack Obama about 2010. But as is the case with this new president, 2018 isn't set up to be a "typical" first-term midterm.
Most Democrats were anticipating Hillary Clinton would have short coattails, but few anticipated that Donald Trump's coattails would end up helping many down-ballot Republicans win and even give several Democrats unexpectedly close calls. Yet that's what happened on Tuesday. Democrats scored a meager gain of 6 or 7 seats, depending on the final outcome in CA-49, and remarkably, Republicans will...
David Wasserman, House Editor
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