Dent Worries About Trump’s Effect on Down-Ballot Races
The Congressman already revealed earlier this month that he wouldn’t vote for the GOP presidential nominee, but now he’s concerned about the effect Donald Trump will have on the Republicans’ majority in the House.
Rep. Dent’s comments come from the latest piece by Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin of the New York Times. The story covers the measures Democrats are taking to compete in additional congressional districts.
“It’s a remarkable situation. We, the Republicans, ought to be in a much stronger position in many suburban areas,” Dent told Burns and Martin. “Because of the nature of the nominee, it’s going to be a lot more competitive than it ought to be.”
One of those seats Democrats are extra excited about is the PA-8 contest between GOP nominee Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic nominee State Rep. Steve Santarsiero.
“Democratic strategists say they believe as many as a dozen districts could become competitive late in the race, depending on Mr. Trump’s fortunes,” Burns and Martin write. “Among the Republican districts that Democrats see as newly threatened are those held by Representatives John L. Mica of Florida, who represents the Orlando area; Kevin Yoder of Kansas, from the suburbs of Kansas City; and Michael G. Fitzpatrick, a lawmaker from outside Philadelphia who is retiring. Several others represent diverse, economically comfortable areas of California, including Representatives Darrell E. Issa and Ed Royce, from the San Diego and Los Angeles suburbs.”
The Democrats would still have to win thirty-two seats to take the majority. To put that in perspective, the party’s best recent performance was a thirty-one seat gain in 2006. The Dems haven’t taken thirty-two or more seats since the post-Watergate 1974 midterms.