GOP sets sights on reclaiming House from Pelosi as candidate field takes shape: Report

As primary season continues, Republicans are focused on assembling a field of House candidates capable of reclaiming the majority from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her fellow Democrats, according to Breitbart.

Currently, there is a 17-seat Democrat majority in the House, but there are 30 seats held by Democrats in districts that supported Donald Trump in 2016 and are thus vulnerable to being flipped back, with the president anchoring the ticket and spurring high Republican voter turnout this fall.

Key districts emerge

If Republicans can take back the House and retain the majority in the Senate, they can protect Trump from frivolous investigations and potential impeachment attempts for at least the first half of his second term until the next midterm election in 2022.

The GOP would also gain the ability to pass legislation and confirm judges largely without interference from Democrats for at least two years, allowing members to advance legislative priorities such as tax cuts, federal deregulation, and immigration reform.

As Breitbart noted, Pennsylvania only narrowly went for Trump in 2016, and in 2018, two seats in solidly Republican districts ended up in the Democrats’ column.

Unfortunately for Democrats Matt Cartwright in the northeast and Conor Lamb in the western part of the state, both lawmakers damaged their own electoral prospects within their typically conservative districts by voting for impeachment and for far-left priorities like giving stimulus checks to illegal immigrants and also for opposing protections for infants born alive after botched abortions, as Jim Bognet, Cartwright’s Republican challenger, told Breitbart.

Republican officials also feel that the 7th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Susan Wild (D) is vulnerable despite a slight voter registration advantage for Democrats there, according to Breitbart.

High-stakes election

Other states where seats are believed vulnerable include New Hampshire, Georgia, New Mexico, and Oregon, Breitbart noted. While some, like New Hampshire, have primary elections happening as late as September due to coronavirus delays, Trump has made some key endorsements that seem to be helping things along.

The president’s endorsement has carried quite a bit of weight even in some recent GOP primary fights such as one in Pennslyvania between Lisa Scheller and Dean Browning for Wild’s seat in the 7th district. Scheller, a previous political unknown, defeated long-time local politician Dean Browning after Trump endorsed her a few weeks before the primary, according to The Hill.

Adding to GOP optimism is Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who is running for a congressional seat she held previously but lost in the blue wave of 2018. Handel won her primary with 75% of the vote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, despite the race being a competitive one, and she seems to be a strong candidate in a deeply red district where Republicans have an eight-point registration advantage, according to Breitbart.

It is imperative that Republicans break Pelosi’s stranglehold on the House, where she has championed all sorts of progressive pet projects and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on the failed attempt to oust Trump from office. Voters need to remember all of these things when they go to cast their votes in November. It’s time to take away Pelosi’s power to obstruct the president’s agenda and retire her as House speaker once and for all.

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