Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GOP double-digit advantage evaporates in this year's House special elections

Source:  Ballotpedia

Mike Pompeo was first elected to the Kansas 4th congressional district in the Tea Party wave of 2010.  Trump selected him to serve as Director of the CIA.

Ryan Zinke was first elected as Montana at-large representative to the U. S. House.  As Trump's secretary of the interior, he is now poised to do major damage.

In the Tea Party wave of 2010.  former Freedom Caucus crazy Mick Mulvaney defeated the incumbent Democrat in the South Carolina 5th.  He now serves for Donald Trump as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Former GOP. Rep Tom Price was first election to the Georgia 6th in 2004.  He now serves as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The usual process of a President selecting appointees from safe Congressional districts has not proven to be a low-cost option this year.

Related reading:
Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?  (CNN, 6/21/2017)
You'll find the big-picture story in paragraph 7.  The losses aren't all doom and gloom for Democrats. The party got closer than it has in decades to winning some of the four seats -- a sign they've closed their gaps with Republicans in both suburban and rural areas and in 2018 will have a broad playing field with dozens of more competitive districts.

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