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Seems the main battle ground for the midterms is happening in Congress, mainly for the House of Representatives. Sure, many Senate seats are on the table, 35 to be exact. But those are largely expected to remain in majority control by the Republicans.
And as the midterms have really become to be just about red vs blue control (and like a few other threads have already pointed out, a referendum on Trump) the part of Congress most up in the air and up for grabs for the 2018 midterms is definitely the House.
A USA Today article points out there are at least 70 hotly contested races in the House alone. And with only 23 seats needed to be gained by the Democrats to regain control, it certainly could swing wildly in either direction.
And that really is a big deal for US politics. Wanted to share an excerpt from that same USA Today article, detailing their summary as to why it matters so much:
At stake: President Donald Trump’s agenda for the next two years. If Democrats win a majority, they can use Congress’ aggressive oversight powers to demand Trump’s tax returns, subpoena his Cabinet members and investigate alleged corruption across the executive branch. And they can block the president’s legislative priorities, whether it’s funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border or curbing entitlement programs.
If Republicans remain in power, Trump will be able to pursue a sweeping conservative agenda over the next two years – including hard-line immigration policies, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and nixing environmental regulations.
The results will also set the stage for the 2020 presidential campaign. A GOP victory on Tuesday would put Trump in a strong position to win a second term and cement his control over the Republican Party. A Democratic victory would energize the so-called liberal "resistance" and buoy a party still grappling with Trump’s surprise win in 2016.
Well said I think. Regardless of where you land on the political spectrum, everyone agrees that this midterm is really important, and a big moment for the US and it's future.
With all eyes on congressional races, mainly in the House, which races do you think are the most compelling? I'm going to be keeping a close watch on this throughout the results cycle, and wanted to start a discussion here on the most interesting/impactful races in the House, and of course have a larger conversation on the House race results in general, and what that means for the country going forward.
Really would like to hear everyone's thoughts on this. How important do you think having majority control is, for either party?