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How Democrats Who Beat Republicans Last Year Plan to Keep Their Seats


Added 05-14-19 09:40:04am EST - “House Democrats are moving aggressively to defend their majority, and rushing to protect the seats they hold in districts that supported the president in 2016.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “How Democrats Who Beat Republicans Last Year Plan to Keep Their Seats”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Representative Sharice Davids stared out at the large water treatment plant construction site, one animated by cranes, concrete pumpers and scores of workers, a testament to the exponential growth of a county that helped her sweep to victory last year.

It is the sort of place where she — like many of the 64 Democrats who helped their party take back the House in 2018 — will need voters from every spot along the political spectrum to keep her job.

Desperate to maintain their one perch of power in Washington, House Democrats are moving aggressively to defend their majority. Incumbents, under intense pressure from the party to begin their campaigns, raised a record $11.6 million in the first quarter of the year and are moving quickly to protect the 31 seats they hold in districts where President Trump prevailed in 2016.

President Trump prevailed in 228 congressional districts in the 2016 presidential election. During the midterm elections last year, Democrats won 31 of those House districts.

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