Analysts expected control of the House to flip to Democrats after this year’s midterm elections, when all 435 seats were up for grabs. About two dozen Republican-held districts that backed Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 were among the most vulnerable for the GOP.
Some factors were working in the Democrats’ favor, namely President Trump’s unpopularity and a favorable redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional lines. Retirements also provided opportunities for party flips.
Washington state governor Jay Inslee, who entered the presidential race with an argument that climate change is the central issue of our time, dropped out of the race for Democratic nominee for president on Wednesday.