After an unexpected likely defeat for Republicans in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District special election, GOP Congressional members are concerned about November, including Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.). On Bold TV, Garrett urged people in his district, and all districts, not to look at midterm candidates by the party they are representing, but for what each individual represents.
“(I’ve) neither attacked the president ad hominem, nor defend him as a sycophant,” Garrett said about President Trump, whom some Republicans have held close, and others at arms-length. “I think all these races come down to the individuals who are on the ballot. Whether or not they communicate clearly. Whether or not people share their ideas. I hope that our electorate, Democrat and Republican alike, will listen to the candidates with open minds. That’s what this country should be about.”
A freshman from Virginia’s 5th District, Garrett won his 2016 race by nearly 17 points, and his district has an R+6 generic advantage. However, the unexpected defeat in Pennsylvania last week could be a game changer for the fall midterm elections, given that President Trump won the 18th District by 20 points and the GOP had an R+11 advantage.
Garrett is a member of House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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