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.
President Trump told a crowd at the Values Voter Summit on Oct. 12, “I don’t think our soldiers should be there for the next 50 years guarding a border between Turkey and Syria when we can’t guard our own borders.”