Democrats are increasingly concerned about the weakness of their statewide tickets across the heartland — and its potential effect on House candidates.
The worries are focused on a slate of underperforming gubernatorial and Senate candidates across the Midwest who, when combined with a depressed party base, could cause serious problems for House incumbents and challengers in states from Ohio to the Dakotas.
One vulnerable Midwestern House Democrat, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that weak Democratic top-of-the-ticket performance could spell trouble for his own reelection bid.
“I’d be lying if I [said I] wasn’t concerned about it,” the Democrat said. “I am.”
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