MAGA in the Midterms: Battleground 2018, U.S. House of Representatives

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Drawing Battle Lines

There are 435 total seats up for election in the U.S. House of Representatives; the battleground has been set, and the results will be determined on November 6, 2018. In the past, the party of a newly elected president has lost seats during the midterm elections, which caused a change in power. Currently, the polls are showing this may happen in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is not too late to prevent Democrats from taking control and reversing the accomplishments made by President Trump and Congress.

As of September 2018, Republicans hold 236 seats to Democrats 193 seats with six seats vacant. There are 36 Republicans not seeking re-election in 2018 for the following reasons; 26 Republican incumbents are retiring from public office, seven are running for the U.S. Senate, and five are running for Governor. There is only a 43-seat difference in who controls the House, with six vacant seats up for grabs. Considering the outcomes from past elections, and what could happen in this election, we need more Republicans to win this November.

Blue Wave? Are You Sure?

The so-called experts are saying this could be a blue wave election where Republicans will lose the House because of President Trump. They were wrong in 2016, and they will be wrong in 2018. I have gathered data from several sources and combined their analysis with my own to develop this information.

Ballotpedia.org currently lists 76 battleground races with 62 under Republican control, eight under Democrat control, and six new districts in Pennsylvania. The chart below includes 30 toss-up state congressional district races where Republicans need your support to win this November 6, 2018. Follow these candidates on social media and support their campaigns. This election is just as important as the 2016 election -- vote for these candidates this November 6, 2018.

District The Cook Political Report Inside Elections Sabato's Crystal Ball Candidate
CA-39 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Young Kim
CA-45 Toss-up Lean Republican Toss-up Mimi Walters
CA-48 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Dana Rohrabacher
CO-06 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Mike Coffman
IA-03 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up David Young
IL-06 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Peter Roskam
IL-12 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up Mike Bost
KS-02 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up Steve Watkins
KS-03 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up Kevin Yoder
KY-06 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Andy Barr
ME-02 Toss-up Lean Republican Toss-up Bruce Poliquin
MI-08 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up Mike Bishop
MN-01 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Jim Hagedorn
MN-02 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Jason Lewis
MN-03 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up Erik Paulsen
MN-08 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Pete Stauber
NJ-03 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up Tom MacArthur
NJ-07 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up Leonard Lance
NY-19 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up John Faso
NY-22 Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Claudia Tenney
OH-01 Toss-up Lean Republican Toss-up Steve Chabot
OH-12 Lean Republican Tilt Republican Toss-up Troy Balderson
PA-01 Lean Republican Tilt Republican Toss-up Brian Fitzpatrick
TX-07 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up John Culberson
TX-23 Lean Republican Tilt Republican Toss-up Will Hurd
TX-32 Toss-up Toss-up Lean Republican Pete Sessions
VA-02 Toss-up Lean Republican Toss-up Scott Taylor
VA-07 Toss-up Tilt Republican Toss-up David Brat
WV-03 Lean Republican Lean Republican Toss-up Evan Jenkins

Ratings provided by, The Cook Political Report, Inside Elections, and Sabato's Crystal Ball. www.ballotpedia.org

Keeping the House Majority

RealClear Politics has the battleground set at 206 seats for Democrats, 188 seats for Republicans, and 41 seats up for grabs. At least 218 seats are needed to keep the House Majority. If the expert predictions are correct, 30 toss-up seats will have to be won by Republicans for them to keep the majority. We cannot emphasize enough how close this race is and how important it is every Republican vote this November.

The following candidates for the U.S House have all been endorsed by President Trump;

Bryan Steil (WI)

Clay Higgins (LA)

Dan Donovan (NY)

Danny Tarkanian (NV)

Dave Hughes (MN)

David Kustoff (TN)

Devin Nunes (CA)

Diane Harkey (CA)

Katie Arrington (SC)

Keith Rothfus (PA)

Kevin McCarthy (CA)

Kevin Yoder (KS)

Martha Roby (AL)

Matt Gaetz (FL)

Paul Cook (CA)

Pete Sessions (TX)

Pete Stauber (MN)

Ted Yoho (FL)

President Trump is a proven weapon to get votes with his endorsements, and most of these candidates are predicted to win. However, President Trump cannot win the midterm elections alone; the Fight for the U.S. House of Representatives will ultimately be won by every Republican voter standing tall for America. President Trump often says, “don’t be complacent, we need more Republicans elected, get out and vote this November to Keep America Great.”

John McGeever / Journalist
I am a combat veteran who proudly served in the U.S. military. I have an Associates Degree in engineering technology. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in project management. Above all, I am a Republican and strong supporter of American freedom.
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