Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloTrump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy Republicans can’t exploit the left’s climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign MORE (R-Fla.) says his party is at risk of losing “every white, suburban district” in the coming November midterm elections.
“Every white, suburban district in the country will be a swing district in November, that’s the takeaway” from the Ohio special election this week, Curbelo told The New York Times in a report published Wednesday.
The Florida congressman is considered one of the more vulnerable House Republicans up for reelection in the coming midterm elections.
Curbelo won reelection in 2016 to his South Florida House seat — in a district that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE won — by carving out a moderate streak during his first term.
His remarks echo similar sentiments expressed by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op MORE (R) on Wednesday, who also told the Times that there’s a “real likelihood” Democrats will “not only win the House, but they win it by 10 or 12 more seats than they need.”
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“We’re bleeding among women and the enthusiasm factor for Democrats is worth 7 or 8 points, and sometimes more,” Graham said in the interview, adding that if he were a “House guy in an R+10 or less seat I’d be getting on the phone and raising money and putting a sign on my dog.”
The GOP lawmakers made the remarks one day after Republicans faced a hotly contested special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District for a long GOP-held seat.
The seat, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won in 2016 by 11 percentage points, was too close to call, setting off alarms for Republicans ahead of the November midterms and giving a boost to Democrats as they seek to take back control of Congress.