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Democrats Are Rapidly Winning Republican Held Seats In 2017

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It looks like the Donald Trump presidency is having a direct negative effect on Republican held legislative seats. Democrats on Tuesday night flipped a seat in Oklahoma and then added another in New Hampshire. Those seats helped carry Trump during the 2016 election.

So far, in 2017, Republicans have lost six seats in contested House and Senate races and have lost 26 out of 35 races at the state legislative and congressional level.

During the Obama era, Republicans were easily able to pick up more than 900 state legislative seats, a pace they were not likely to maintain for the next four to eight year.

If congressional elections at the start of a presidency have taught us anything it’s that Americans tend to start a wave of movements when racing out of the gate to turn the tide of the political climate in America.

The Republicans have been facing constant controversy since Donald Trump took office. Democrat Charlie St. Clair, for example, defeated incumbent Robert Fisher after the GOP leader was discovered to have started the “Red Pill” forum on Reddit which exposed his extremely misogynistic views.

In Oklahoma, Democrat Jacob Rosecrants scored a 20-point victory in a Norman-based seat that had been held by Republican Scott Martin. The GOp leader resigned to become the head of the local Chamber of Commerce. It was a district that Trump carried by 11 points.

The New York Times’ Nate Cohn was the first to cite Daniel Donner’s data which clearly shows that the number of Republican open seats is running far ahead of where it’s been in election cycles of the recent past.

Open seats have a far higher probability of flipping party control because an incumbent isn’t in the running to maintain their position. Republican leaders are attempting to convince their incumbents to stay in office but have been facing a slippery slope in recent months. Perhaps that’s because town hall meetings involving members of the GOP party’s ranking class have been harrowing experiences led by angry members of the community who believe the Republican party has turned completely against them.

Republican leaders are attempting to convince their incumbents to stay in office but have been facing a slippery slope in recent months. Perhaps that’s because town hall meetings involving members of the GOP party’s ranking class have been harrowing experiences led by angry members of the community who believe the Republican party has turned completely against their interests.

James Kosur is the Editor-In-Chief and founder of RedStateDisaster. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider, Business2Community, and various other publications. James focuses much of his energy on national politics and military & defense news. He is responsible for overall content strategy at RSD. Reach him at James@RedStateDisaster.com or call 309-270-7656

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