House GOP desperate to prevent bloodletting from becoming a bloodbath

House GOP desperate to prevent bloodletting from becoming a bloodbath


With prospects for recapturing the House majority dwindling, Republicans are scrambling to prevent the Democrats from running up the score Nov. 3 and putting the speaker’s gavel further out of reach.

House Republicans entered the 2020 cycle hopeful. Needing 17 seats to win back the majority after a two-year hiatus, they charted a path back to power through several districts that Democrats flipped in midterm elections but that supported President Trump in 2016. But as Election Day approaches, House Republicans are hamstrung by challenges similar to those afflicting their Senate colleagues.

Incumbent House Democrats are significantly outraising Republican challengers, many of whom are struggling against political headwinds fanned by Trump. Those difficulties, exacerbated by Trump’s struggles against Democratic nominee Joe Biden since their first televised debate in late September, have led nonpartisan political prognosticators to conclude that Democrats are likely to expand their majority.

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“Democrats are going to maintain their majority in the House in almost every

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