GOP Lost Several Top-Tier Senate Candidates

In the 2018 Senate races, the Democrat Party is having to play defense. They have 10 Senate seats that were pretty much covered by Donald Trump in the Presidential election. The House Republicans have seen a few Representatives in these States decide to run for reelection instead of run for the Senate. Fortunately, the GOP has a deep bench and expects to still make gains. Here are a few that have decided to play it slow.

As Written By Lisa Hagen for The Hill:

The 2018 Senate cycle presents Republicans with a host of opportunities, but the party has already lost several top-tier candidates to fill the seats.

GOP Reps. Sean Duffy (Wis.) and Pat Meehan (Pa.) both recently announced that they’ll run for reelection instead of mounting Senate runs in blue-leaning states where President Trump pulled off upset victories.

Republicans are losing out on potential challengers in safely GOP states, too. Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks ruled out a run. Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke will likely be confirmed to lead the Interior Department, taking a top competitor out of the mix in that deep red state.

“The House [members] are generally pretty politically savvy people,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a politics website that handicaps elections. “They know midterms are often—not always—bad for the president’s party.”

“Trump is off to a historically weak start in terms of his approval. …You got a lot of members of the House who are in relatively safe seats. Maybe they’re making the determination that this might not best year to run for Senate.”

While a few star GOP contenders have bowed out, Republicans are shrugging it off. They point to a deep bench of other credible candidates…..

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GOP loses top Senate contenders | TheHill

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