If contests were won on paper there would be no reason to play out the competitions. That said, early indicators continue to stack in favor of the Republicans heading into the midterms and the latest metric is a record breaker.
While a failure on major issues like the economy, border security and foreign policy, President Joe Biden can be lauded for rallying Republicans to stand against the Democrats’ progressive, and oft-considered Marxist, agenda. Purpose-driven, members of the right have thrown their hats into the ring across the nation breaking the previous record for most candidates running for Congress, according to the Washington Examiner.
Based on the first quarter of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data, the outlet reported that the 1,277 Republicans who have filed for House and Senate seats, accounting for 55 percent of the 2,317 candidates running for Congress, beat the 2018 record set by Democrats who had boasted 1,221 of 2,182 as of March 31.
By contrast, this year Democratic candidates amounted to only 41 percent of the total filings with the FEC with 957 individuals vying for nominations. The remaining 83 filings were representatives of third parties.
Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) told the Examiner, “We’re going to win the majority. That’s what I’m projecting.”
Though the data does not by any means ensure a Republican majority in Congress after the midterms, the trend was supported in the 2006, 2010, and 2018 election cycles and is only one of a number of signs that the GOP is at an advantage.
CNN senior data reported Harry Enten referenced a Quinnipiac Poll recently to show that in spite of their best efforts to malign their opposition with the Jan. 6 show trial, Democrats remained unable to move the needle in gaining favorability with voters. “The top issue for Americans at this point is not the Jan. 6 committee hearings. It is not Donald Trump,” he said. “It’s inflation.”
CNN data analyst admits Jan 6 hearings haven’t helped Democrats ahead of midterms: ‘It’s inflation’ https://t.co/bYA5YykI6p
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) July 12, 2022
Enten maintained his previously stated assessment that on a “generic congressional ballot…this is the best Republican position, basically of all time.”
Other records were being toppled as well according to Emmer who explained that the number of women, minorities and veterans running as GOP candidates had outdone all previous years. He went on to note that this energy was being used by the NRCC to focus on 75 Democratic-held districts and stated, “We are definitely playing in Biden territory.”
Deputy communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Helen Kalla tried to deflate the significance by stating, “Congratulations to House Republicans on fielding a record number of insurrectionists and anti-choice extremists for office. More does not necessarily mean better — and Republicans are stuck with a clown car of unelectable and extreme House candidates…whose toxic agendas will send battleground district voters sprinting in the other directions.”
However, the reality remains that the leader of her own party has proven to be nothing more than an albatross and Democrats have thus far ignored the problem. On Tuesday during the White House Congressional Picnic, Biden himself confronted a reporter on his poor polling when it was suggested that two-thirds of Democrats don’t want him to run again. “You guys are all the same! That poll showed that 92 percent of Democrats, if I ran, would vote for me!” the irritated president stated with a clear caveat.
Holding their nose to vote for Biden if he were the candidate is not the vote of confidence that the president made it out to be and with over $20 million more raised compared to the Democrats, the Republicans continue to eke out important victories on the path to success in November.
As first-time congressional candidate, Tanya Contreras Wheeless of Arizona said, “We don’t like watching our neighbors struggle. We don’t like seeing the cost of gas skyrocket. And I think everyone’s looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can I do in this moment?'”
“And for a lot of people, that’s getting engaged at a grassroots level,” she said. “For others, it may be giving to candidates or knocking doors. In my case, it was deciding to run for office.” Her efforts and others have benefitted from the support of the party and its allies.
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