Republicans are scrambling for safety as a blue tsunami threatens to wipe out their legislative majority in the 2018 midterms, an email leaked from the North Carolina GOP reveals.
In the email, obtained by the Raleigh News & Observer, North Carolina GOP House caucus political director Matt Bales warned congressional Republicans in vulnerable seats of a possible wave of Democratic support that could potentially cost the GOP its majority in the state House and Senate come the 2018 midterm elections.
Bales was reacting to the surprise results of the Pennsylvania special election this week. Democrat Conor Lamb looks poised to win what was thought to be a safe Republican district, where Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016.
The red district turned blue despite a visit by Trump himself and Vice President Pence, as well as more than $10 million in extra funding by GOP affiliated groups.
“The outcome is yet another example of the Democratic base being fired up and the Republicans not turning out their voters,” Bales said in the email. “The momentum on the Democratic side is real.”
The email singled out 23 incumbent Republicans districts where President Trump also won by similar margins, but that could face what many Democrats hope to be a referendum against Trump.
Democratic Party spokesman Robert Howard wrote that the email “shows just how terrified Republicans are of the upcoming election,” according to the report.
House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to assure Republicans this week that the special election was not the norm, and that the national party’s majorities would be safe going into 2018.