Montana Election Victory Is Also A Warning For Republicans

Montana’s wild election for an open US House seat is in the history books. And in the end, the result came in as predicted: a comfortable but not massive victory for Republican Greg Gianforte, even after his assault on a reporter on the eve of Thursday’s vote.

Now for the real test: the June runoff for an open House seat in suburban Atlanta. That’s the Democrats’ best shot at flipping a Republican-held seat in Congress before the November 2018 midterm elections. Polls show a tight race.

But even if the Democrats lose in Georgia too, the Republicans aren’t out of the woods.

“There’s no question that the House is in play” in the midterms, says GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. And if Democrats win control of the House, “the Trump experiment is essentially over.”

Several currents of voter thought are driving the narrative of what could prove to be a “wave election” next year, with lots of Republican-held seats in Congress going to Democrats. A top trend is concern about health care, as President Trump and and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill seek to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

Read more from Linda Feldmann at The Christian Science Monitor

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