Democrats strive to tighten legislature hold in several states


The polls ask people which party they would support in an congressional election.

Reid promoted that NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll showing 70 percent of Democrats would vote for a candidate seeking to impeach Trump, and she pointed out that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has dismissed that strategy.

The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate - and Democrats only need to win 26 House seats in November to take back the lower chamber.

"Republicans have proven with the right candidate and right policies they can win in historically adverse areas", said David James of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Trump's election has energized Democrats nationally and many are predicting that Trump's unpopularity, along with historical midterm gains made by the party out of the White House, could trigger a bloodbath for Republicans in November. Five special elections have been held for seats where Trump won 56 percent to 60 percent of the vote - in Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Arizona - and in each of those races the Democrat did much better than expected, winning one and getting very close in two others. But after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 and threatened the Affordable Care Act, Patterson was so upset that she chose to enter politics.

Marchione's seat is considered a safe Republican district, but Bonacic's district has been one Democrats have eyed for several election cycles, but are yet to flip.

"I'm running for office because the last election took me by surprise, and I realized that people had to get active and get involved", Patterson said after spending a morning knocking on doors.

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But they acknowledged at the time their effort was moot in a Republican-controlled House.

Whether the 2018 political climate in Rhode Island favors Republicans or Democrats is an open question.

A related factor: ActBlue, the Democratic fundraising site that allows for quick, secure donations and also serves as a validator for third-party donation drives.

Perry acknowledges the district will be more challenging for him.

"You just hope nothing happens to you", she said. Political identification is more important than party registration to political scientists, he said.

The operative said Blair is seen by Republicans as pro-business and fiscally conservative.

The Michigan Democratic Party hired six regional coordinators in early 2017, and is now spending 30 to 40 percent of its budget on its ground game, up from barely 5 percent in 2015.

"I will be in Israel for a State Legislative Leaders Study Tour that is being conducted in conjunction with the American-Israel Friendship League and the National Conference of State Legislatures", Kennedy wrote in a letter to Mattiello. It gathered about 65,000 responses in all during the first three months of 2018 and 2016, including 16,000 registered voters between the ages of 18 and 34 and almost 11,000 registered white millennial voters.

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