In their quest to regain control of the U.S. Congress in 2018, the Democratic Party is targeting eight Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives. Despite the Republican domination of these districts in recent years, all eight have something in common. The majority of the voters in all of them went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Four of these districts are in the reliably “blue” states of California and New Jersey. The others are in Arizona, Kansas and Texas, states that were won by Donald Trump in 2016 despite themselves going for Clinton. These districts are largely comprised of affluent and educated voters who had in the past been more likely to vote for Republican candidates. However, many of the same voters seem to have acquired a mutual disdain for the current chief executive. Additionally, these districts have undergone significant demographic changes in recent years and are today home to voters who are more likely to embrace Democratic principles. More information about the Democratic plans for 2018 is available at www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-districts_us_592d8f9e4b0df57cbf870b.
One of the targeted seats, which is located in California’s Orange County, has been occupied for nearly 30 years by Republican Dana Rohrabacher. Though won by the Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012, the district went by a slight margin to Clinton last year. Another seat sought by Democrats is in a suburban area of Dallas and currently belongs to Republican Pete Sessions. Despite its Republican slant in recent elections, the district went for Clinton by nearly 2 percent. Democrats would also like to take down Texas Congressman John Culberson, who represents a district in suburban Houston that Clinton won by a small margin.
Democrats hope to capitalize on the anti-Trump feelings in these and many other parts of the country. The scandals and blunders of the current administration have helped to galvanize Democrats and have even turned others against the Republican Party. According to one poll, nearly half of the Orange County residents who describe themselves as independent or who had previously favored a third-party candidate said they would support Democrat in 2018, but only 21 percent would vote for a Republican.