WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are low. Democratic voters are motivated like never before. And the GOP has struggled to put away a trio of special election House races in districts where it won easily just last November.
For some Republicans, it all leads to a simple conclusion: The party should start worrying about the 2018 elections
Less than three months after taking control of Washington, the Republican Party has already been put on the political defensive — thanks primarily to House races in Kansas, Georgia and Montana that have proved unexpectedly difficult.
Rather than coast to easy wins in these contests, the party has been forced to respond with last-minute phone calls, visits from top party leaders, and millions of dollars in TV ads. Even Trump has had to weigh in.
The first of the three special elections, a race in Kansas on Tuesday, was too close to call hours after the polls had closed. But even if the Republican nominee, Ron Estes, wins, he’ll have only barely defeated a candidate in a heavily Republican district.
Last year, the Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo (now the president’s CIA director) won re-election by more than 30 points.