2018 is already here…

“Republican operatives on the Hill, for instance, are already planning to block Clinton’s agenda by strategically targeting individual Democratic senators who will be up for reelection in 2018. “Take Joe Manchin in West Virginia,” explained one GOP operative of the strategy. “If Hillary puts up an anti-coal, pro-EPA judge for the Supreme Court, the smart play is to start pressuring him with an advocacy campaign to vote no.” Voting with Clinton would jeopardize his reelection chances, and voting against her would rob her of a Democratic Senate vote she couldn’t afford to lose without the 60 votes needed to filibuster. (link)

“A net gain of four to produce a tie might be the minimum Democrats can expect. A few more seats would strengthen Democrats for what will be a titanic struggle to hold on in 2018, when a low-turnout midterm will combine with a seat pattern that favors the GOP. Of the 33 seats scheduled to be on the ballot in 2018, 25 will be held by Democrats (or independents who sit in the party’s caucus). Some of the Democratic incumbents represent more conservative, rural states such as Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, and others are from highly competitive swing states that can shift with the political winds.”(crystal ball).

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