Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about immigration from economically distressed countries, concern about the 2018 midterm elections among Republicans in Congress is growing. According to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Trump and Republican leaders of Congress were shown projections and scenarios for the 2018 midterm elections. An individual present at the meeting said the projections were “sobering” and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy described one possible scenario as a “bloodbath” in which the Republicans lost the House in 2018 by a massive margin.
Several Republicans in vulnerable districts have announced their retirement from the House, leaving 29 Republican open seats in the 2018 midterms. The 2018 electoral map heavily favors Republicans in the Senate this year, with only eight Republicans up for reelection in the Senate and 26 Democrats. However, Republicans fear that legislative failures such as healthcare reform and crafting a spending package for infrastructure improvement will cost them their slim majority in the Senate and their control of the House. The midterm elections are still 11 months away, but many fear that little can be done to change the projected outcome of heavy losses for Republicans in 2018.
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