Biggest Stories Of The Week:
Incumbent two-term Republican Congressman Ryan Costello has decided to drop out and not run for re-election. Costello was extremely angry with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to throw out the 2011 Congressional map. He called the new map “racist” and demanded the Supreme Court judges impeached. Clinton won the new 6th district by 9 points 52%-43%, while she won Costello’s old congressional district by just one percentage points.
Republican state Rep. Cris Dush introduced the measures against Justices Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty, Debra Todd and David Wecht. Republicans argue that the Democratic-led Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its bounds and violated the principle of separation of powers established under the state constitution.
The Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee announced their preference for former NFL player Colin Allred, who is facing a primary run-off election against Lillian Salerno in Texas’ 32nd Congressional district. She was pretty pissed. Whoever wins the nomination gets to face incumbent Republican Rep. Pete Sessions in this Romney-Clinton swing district.
Five incumbent Republicans will likely face competitive re-election campaigns. Peter Roskam represents a suburban Romney-Clinton swing district and will face businessman Sean Casten. Incumbent Mike Bost represents a blue-collar Obama-Trump swing district and will face prosecutor Brendan Kelly. Republican Congressmen Rodney Davis and Randy Hultgren represents suburban districts that Trump narrowly won.
Republican Governor Phil Bryant will appoint Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith to be U.S. Senator to replace Thad Cochran, who is resigning due to health issues. She is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. She is a former three-term state senator, who only switched parties from Democrat to Republican a few years ago – in 2010. She will face former state Senator Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary.
On Sunday, the Democratic Party’s lead fell to just 5.8 percentage points, 45.5%-39.7%. That’s the smallest lead since May 14, 2017.
The Democratic Party’s generic ballot lead peaked in this election cycle on the day after Christmas 2017, when they were leading the GOP by 13 percentage points, 49.1%-36.1%.