Conservatives Warn Of Republican Complacency Ahead Of U.S. Election

Conservative candidates sounded alarms to their evangelical supporters on Friday about voter complacency that could allow a Democratic takeover of Congress and an undermining of President Donald Trump’s agenda.

The admonition at the annual Value Voters Summit gathering in Washington came as some Republican strategists caution the party’s voters are not worried enough about the risk that Democrats could gain control of Congress in the Nov. 6 elections, when a third of the Senate and all House of Representatives seats are up for a vote.

“This is the most important midterm of our lifetime because it’s setting the direction of our country, and we’ve got to take it just that seriously over these next six and a half weeks,” said Mark Harris, a Republican running for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina that is considered highly competitive.

During a panel about the elections, Harris and others asked for more help from activists.

The concerns echo those of Republican strategists who say they are seeing complacency across the country. Democrats are currently favored to take the House and have growing confidence of adding the two Senate seats that would give them control of that chamber.

“They don’t seem to grasp what is at stake, and they don’t seem to believe the polls,” strategist Ford O’Connell said of Republican voters.

Read more from Ginger Gibson at Reuters

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