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Republicans Gearing Up To Retake The House

They've got good contenders.

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With history on their side, Republican congressional candidates all over America are girding for a fight. Just five seats puts us in the majority and the historical turnover for the party in power is way above that number. Here’s a report on a seat in Maine. There are others.

FNC: “As he fights to regain his old seat in Congress, Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine is showcasing impressive fundraising figures just two months into his 2022 campaign.The GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in next year’s elections to win back the House majority, which they lost in the 2018 midterms.

Poliquin on Thursday reported raising $880,000 in the first 58 days of his campaign, from his announcement of candidacy in early August through the end of September, which marked the end of the July-September third quarter of fundraising. The former congressman’s running to defeat two-term Democratic Rep. Jared Golden in Maine’s Second Congressional District, one of the top House battlegrounds in the nation.

Golden narrowly defeated Poliquin in the 2018 midterms, with the race becoming the first congressional election in the nation’s history to used rank-choice voting to decide the winner. Poliquin sat out the 2020 election, and Golden defeated Republican Dale Crafts by six points in a district that former President Trump carried in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential races.”

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“As I said when getting into this race, our nation is in trouble. Politicians like Jared Golden are empowering people like Nancy Pelosi and the extreme left in taking America down the wrong path,” Poliquin said. And he promised that, on “Day One I will bring Maine common sense back to Washington.”

Other races to watch include Nancy Mace in South Carolina. She’s a leader of this freshman class, but one termers are always vulnerable. Mace has everything going for her and is a strong bet for reelection. In the Wisconsin 3rd Derrick Van Orden is the smart money for the win. His campaign is a fundraising juggernaut and the guy who beat him by a whisker last time, Democrat incumbent Ron Kind, got caught up in renting a space to a massage parlor and has decided that discretion is the better part of valor. Van Orden is a former Navy SEAL, a bunch of those are running for the Republicans, and a small businessman. His campaign team is sharp and on message. Democrats go up against him at their own peril.

Closer to the present it’s a 50/50 deal. Two gubernatorial races are up next month, New Jersey and Virginia. We have no shot at New Jersey. But, with CRT and the recent branding of parents who attend school board meetings as “domestic terrorists” by the Biden administration, Republican Glenn Youngkin may have a shot of riding that into Richmond.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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