GOP ahead of Democrats heading into midterm elections, Trump more popular

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. leaves the chamber after announcing an agreement in the Senate on a two-year almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases at the Capitol

Democrat Margaret Good won the Florida House of Representatives District 72 special election on Tuesday, taking a seat that's always been in GOP control and capping a campaign that attracted national attention and stronger-than-average voter turnout. Republican James Buchanan, meanwhile, son of GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan, came away with 44.8 percent and Libertarian Alison Foxall, 3 percent.

Pedicini called House District 72's GOP voters "squishy Republicans" who've flipped the seat after House members have come to the end of their eight-year terms. The seat became available after the previous representative, Republican Alex Miller, resigned, telling the Tampa Bay Times she was unhappy with the "top-down" power structure in the House under Speaker Richard Corcoran. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Good's victory represented a almost 12-point swing from Trump's winning margin in the district. Analysts say turnout was key to Good's win.

Democrats fear their chances of claiming House and Senate majorities in the midterm elections are slipping with the growing popularity of the Republican tax plan, CNN is reporting.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Florida's Democratic candidates for governor campaigned for Good and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez issued a celebratory statement less than an hour after the polls closed Tuesday night.

On Monday, Democrats outperformed Hillary Clinton in two state legislative special elections in Minnesota (senate district 54 and state house district 23B).

Even if Democrats agree to focus on jobs and the economy, few in the party agree that they'll be able to stay on message as the Russian Federation investigation unfolds to dominate headlines - or as Trump responds to it. Steve Lonegan (N.J.), a frequent candidate and former small-town mayor, began 2018 with more than $1 million to oppose freshman Rep. Josh Gottheimer, one of 12 Democrats from districts Trump won in 2016.

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The Politico-Morning Consult poll found 39 percent of voters would support a Republican candidate in November, while 38 percent would back a Democrat.

Democrats have to continue to recruit candidates like Good and keep registering voters to make gains in the fall, he said.

That's a sign that Good had a strong field operation that was aggressive in getting Democratic voters to the polls, and that Democrats are more motivated to vote than Republicans.

"Very early we made a conscious decision to invest in the field organization and that is something you will see in all of our House races this cycle", said Reggie Cardoza, the director of political operations for Democrats in the Florida House.

Gruters complimented Good for running a strong race, but he said she got plenty of outside help that she wont have when political resources have to be spread more widely.

Even so, it's a race that, on paper, Republicans should have won.

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