Impeachment, immigration: Two Topics To Help The GOP Hold The House

Now that President Trump and the Republican Party have dodged a bullet in the West Virginia GOP Senate primary and the primary voters have delivered solid Republican senatorial challengers in Indiana and Ohio, it is time shift focus back to the Grand Old Party’s quest to hold the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrats would need a net pick up of 24 seats to take over, and some experts put as many as 50 House seats in play. But President Trump has expressed confidence Republicans will retain control, and he may be on to something.

Voters’ top issues for this election are the economy and security, and by Election Day, President Trump could be able to point to significant achievements in both areas.

He already can on the economy.

Nearly 3 million jobs have been created since Trump took office; unemployment has dipped to 3.9 percent, the lowest since 2000; wage growth is at its highest point since President Bush left office; the number of job openings nearly matches the number of job seekers; and two-thirds of Americans say the economy is “good.”

These numbers have buoyed the president’s standing among voters — 57 percent overall, and 40 percent of Democrats, now say things are “going well” in the U.S. And Democrats have noticed.

Given there are nearly 50 at-risk House Republican seats in 2018, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for holding the House. And all Republicans have to hope the Trump economic renaissance continues and educate voters on the progress being made.  

But they also would be wise to focus on the Democratic “impeachment fetish” and the left’s radical views on immigration. A midterm election is different than a presidential, and in 2018, these are the issues Republicans can use to fire up and turn out their base now before casting a wider net again in 2020.

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