Tag Archives: Election 2018

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Kudlow: The ‘Blue Wall Has Crashed’

“The confidence indices are telling a very important story, and POTUS is polling in the low to mid fifties on the economy. The great blue wall has crashed. I think GOP will lose seats but keep the House.”

— White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, quoted by Politico.

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Bannon Puts Midterms in Perspective

“This election is very simple. It’s an up-or-down vote on impeachment.”

— Stephen Bannon, quoted by Vanity Fair.

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Dems Ahead in Three Midwestern Governor Races

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NBC News/Marist polled possible match ups for governor in three key Midwestern states:
• In Wisconsin, Tony Evers (D) leads Gov. Scott Walker (R), 54% to 41%.

• In Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer (D) leads Bill Schuette (R), 47% to 38%.

• In Minnesota, Lori Swanson (D) leads Tim Pawlenty (R) 51% to 40%, while Tim Walz (D) leads Pawlenty (R) 51% to 40%.

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ACLU Wants 1.8 Million Members to Vote as a Bloc

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“The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new electoral program to mobilize its 1.8 million members to vote as a bloc — a sign of how the group, flush with cash from the election of Donald Trump, is increasingly turning itself into a political engine of the resistance,” BuzzFeed News reports. “If the new ACLU reminds you of the National Rifle Association, that’s not an accident.”

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GOP Has Over 50 At-Risk Seats in Congress

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The latest Cook Political Report ratings find 62 highly at-risk House seats — 56 currently held by Republicans and just 6 held by Democrats. A new Washington Post-Schar School poll finds Democrats leading the generic congressional ballot in these battleground districts by 12 percentage points.

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Obama Speaks!

“Do not wait for the perfect message, don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote.’ Because that’s part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much.”

— Barack Obama, quoted by Politico, in his first public comments in months.

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The Midterms Are Looking Dicey for GOP

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“After the latest round of changes, Inside Elections now has 68 Republican seats rated as vulnerable compared to just 10 vulnerable Democratic seats. And there are at least a couple dozen more GOP-held seats that could develop into competitive races in the months ahead. … That discrepancy in the playing field is reminiscent of previous ‘wave’ elections. In April 2010, there were 68 vulnerable Democratic House seats and 11 vulnerable Republican seats. Republicans gained 63 seats later that year.”

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The Coming Storm

“It’s hard to believe then that when Republicans lose the House in 2018, maybe by 40 or 50 seats, that House is not going to impeach him. And it’s also hard to believe that a U.S. Senate that’s going to be scared to death, though may still be in Republican hands, is not going to take a serious look when it has to deal with this president. So get good legal help now, because the storm is coming.”

— GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, quoted by The Hill.

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Dems Flip 36th Legislative Seat

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Margaret Good (D) won a special election for state representative in Florida’s 72nd district on Tuesday night, beating James Buchanan (R) by 52% to 45%, WWSB-TV reports. The win gives Democrats their 36th legislative flip since President Trump took office. Trump carried the district by a 51% to 46% margin in 2016.

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Democrats Targeting 101 Congressional Races

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House Democrats are stepping on the gas, with plans to target 101 Republican-held congressional districts in the midterm elections, NBC News reports.“Democrats are now fielding candidates in all but 12 of the 238 districts held by Republicans… The idea is to expand the map as much as possible and hope to ride the potential wave.”