(UnitedVoice.com) – There’s a saying in campaign politics: The candidate who defines the opponent early and often wins the race. If you love campaign strategy or want to understand better how this works, look no further than last winter’s GOP’s strategy. On February 10, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) published a memo targeting 47 vulnerable Democrat representatives. Now it’s time for the NRCC to begin executing its plan to take back the House.
In November 2020, House Republicans did what many said couldn’t be done. They successfully defended every seat and added to their numbers by defeating moderate Democrats who were forced to defend radical socialism and defund the police policies. In the 2022 midterm election, Republicans only need to net five seats to retake the House and terminate the Democrat’s out-of-control far-left agenda. On Wednesday, June 2, the NRCC announced their initial wave of targets.
Republicans Target Five Northeast Democrats
In what’s the first of many to come, the NRCC targeted vulnerable Northeast Democrats Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Jared Golden (D-ME), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), and Jahana Hayes (D-CT). Republicans are running radio, billboard, and digital ads exposing their records and quickly putting pressure on them.
NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN) said the goal is to expose the House Democrats’ socialist agenda and end their Congressional careers in 2022. He said the GOP is on the offensive around the country and will make sure voters know what’s at stake.
So, why these five Democrats in particular?
Simply put, each voted against their voter’s interest in some way, underperformed in 2020, or barely won in a district that former President Trump won in 2020. Let’s briefly break down why each Democrat is being targeted in this round ahead of the 2022 midterms.
Rep. Tom Malinowski
The GOP alleges that Malinowski bought and sold $1 million of stock in companies working on the COVID-19 response in the early days of the pandemic. The ad says that while the economy collapsed, Malinowski profited wildly, broke the law, and hid it. In 2020, the second-term Congressman won his district by only one point.
Rep. Jared Golden
The GOP contends that Golden sold out Maine lobstermen for radical environmentalists. Trump won the district in 2020 by seven points over Biden.
Rep. Chris Pappas
In 2020, Pappas won re-election for a second term by only five points in a battleground district. GOP voters are expected to turn out heavy in 2022 as New Hampshire state Republicans redistrict the congressional boundaries.
Rep. Matt Cartwright
As gas prices soar and inflation hits middle-income American wallets, the GOP is targeting Cartwright over his vote to increase federal gas taxes by as much as 15 cents per gallon.
Rep. Jahana Hayes
Perhaps the hardest of the five to beat, Hayes won re-election by nine points in 2020. However, that’s down three points from 2018. That’s not discouraging the GOP, who thinks she’s vulnerable on tax hikes.
In 2022, campaign precedent is on the side of the GOP. Traditionally, the party that controls the White House loses, on average, 25 House seats in a midterm election. With only a net of five seats needed, the GOP is in a prime position to end House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) career and halt the far-left agenda.
The 2022 primary season is only six months away. The GOP is ensuring it has momentum into 2022 instead of resting on historical trends.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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