She’s not resting in any Republican laurels after the party took control of all three branches of the government. Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwomen, Ronna Romney McDaniel told Breitbart News last week in an interview on Capital Hill that her party is already preparing for a landslide midterm electoral win that could garner as many as 14 GOP pickups in the Senate. She believes the party will not only hold but strengthen the House GOP majority.
McDaniel took over the RNC after her predecessor, Reince Priebus, joined President Trump’s team as White House Chief of Staff. Here is her thought on where they stand in the 2018 races: “On the Senate side, we have a great opportunity to expand our majority in the Senate. There are 10 states where President Trump won where we have Democrat incumbents and President Trump won by large margins in some of those states. We also have an infrastructure in some of those states already. The RNC had a ground game in Michigan and Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. We need to be continuing to build on that infrastructure in these Senate races. We know the Democrats are rebuilding. We can turn out our vote. We need to be prepared to do that and continue to engage our voters so we can expand our majority in the Senate. On the House side, typically the party that has the White House loses the majority in the midterms—that’s been the historic trend. We want to buck that trend. We want to deliver for President Trump majorities in the House and the Senate so that he can govern.”
The ten states where President Trump won in 2016 and Democrats face reelection battles, are Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The incumbent senators who presently occupy these seats are: Bill Nelson (D-FL), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Joe Manchin (D-WV). The optimistic chairwomen is ready to fight and flip these seats so that they are filled with new GOP leaders.
McDaniel is not just focused on the vulnerable areas where Trump won. In total, she believes there are 16 senate seats that are flippable. She said, “We’re not going to concede anything. We’re going to put the best ground game in place. We want to expand our majority in the Senate. Ideally, we’d love to get to 60. But this is the best map we’ve seen in a midterm from a Senate perspective in a long time and we want to capitalize on that.”
What do you think about the RNC Chairwomen’s aggressive optimism?