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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Leaving the House

In Defying the Odds, we discuss state and congressional elections as well as the presidential race. The update looks at political and demographic trends through the 2018 midterm.  Our next book will explain 2020.

Melanie Zanona at Politico:
Another House Republican is calling it quits: Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana announced yesterday he will not seek reelection in 2020. The deets from Myah Ward: “Abraham, who represents Louisiana’s 5th congressional district, said he made the decision to only serve three terms six years ago, but as recently as January, Donald Trump asked him to reconsider. He’s one of more than two dozen Republicans who announced this cycle that they will not run for reelection in 2020.
“The announcement comes just months after Abraham’s unsuccessful bid for governor of Louisiana, where the congressman placed third in the primary election behind Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican businessman Eddie Rispone. Edwards went on to defeat Rispone in the runoff election, despite Trump’s support for Rispone. … His seat is in a safe Republican district that went for Trump by a margin on 29 points in 2016.” The latest: https://politi.co/2vkHOed.
By the numbers … “When President Trump took office in January 2017, there were 241 Republicans in the House. Since then, 111 (46%) have either been defeated/retired/otherwise left office or are retiring in 2020,” tweeted Dave Wasserman, a House editor for the Cook Political Report.