Washington, D.C. Republicans face a tough fight to win control of the House of Representatives in the November election, and their latest weapon is flirting with moderate Democrats, attacking parts of a coronavirus pandemic relief bill. $ 3 trillion, like the one that promises social aid for immigrants who entered the United States illegally.
They are celebrating their recent capture of a Democratic-owned House seat in North Los Angeles. That conquest, they say, shows they can win suburban districts whose centrist voters fled the Republican Party two years ago, costing them the majority of the nation’s lower house.
The moderate districts surrounding American cities remain the key battleground in the lower house. However, with five months to go before the election, the Republican prospects for gaining control seem slim.RELATED
They are weighed down by President Donald Trump’s persistent unpopularity with suburban voters, the slow and erratic form of the pandemic crisis and a faltering economy. They face a potentially devastating fundraising disadvantage compared to current Democratic representatives.
“For many voters, the 2020 elections will be a referendum on the president. That’s the bad news, ”said former Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania.
But Republican operators see a door ajar with the massive coronavirus bill drafted by Speaker of the House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi. It was approved in the House of Representatives with the support of a single Republican.
Republicans seem ready to attack the initiative on points like direct payments for immigrant workers who entered the United States illegally and others they called “stupid provisions.”
The lower-house bill is likely to die in the Republican-led Senate, and Trump is also opposed to it. Underlining the discomfort it produced among its constituents, 10 of the 30 district Democrats Trump won in the 2016 election voted against the bill.
But Democrats are encouraged by the relentless disgust of moderate voters at Trump’s abrasive behavior. A poll this month by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 61% of voters in the suburbs disapprove of Trump, something that has changed very little in three years.
To counter that, Republicans have looked for House candidates like Mike Garcia, who won the Los Angeles area special election this month. He is a businessman, retired fighter pilot from the Navy, and the son of a Mexican immigrant.
Garcia represents a nod to diversity for the overwhelmingly white Republican Party. Republicans have also sought more female candidates, hoping to improve an embarrassing aspect: Only 13 of the 198 House Republicans are women, and two are about to retire. In addition, Garcia has no prior political history that Democrats can take advantage of to attack him.
Another problem is a lack of funds, and many of the Democrats are outpacing their Republican rivals. In some cases, Democrats have at least a 2-1 lead.
“For Republican challengers who don’t have much of a reputation, that type of financial disadvantage is almost insurmountable,” said former Representative Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida.
Republicans must win 17 seats to gain control of the House of Representatives.
Because Republicans seem to have more problems than Democrats, measures to curb the coronavirus have affected them more. The lack of face-to-face events has made it difficult to attract the attention of the electorate and that has seriously hurt them in fundraising, especially for little-known beginners.
“I ask people, ‘Do you like being sicker, poorer, and weaker than you were four years ago?'” Said Sri Kulkarni, a Democrat seeking a seat in the Houston suburbs vacated by a Republican. “Because that is the situation we are in now.”