Nancy Pelosi could be Speaker of the House again. The die-hard San Francisco leftist, who presided over record deficits, forced Obamacare through over Republican objections, and centralized power in the Speaker’s office, could reclaim the gavel.
That’s a prospect the Republican Party is using to urge wary voters to go to the polls in November, especially those who are dissatisfied with the choice of Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate. Though polls are tightening in many swing states, and some national polls even show Trump ahead of rival Hillary Clinton, the Republican nominee is seen as a drag on the ticket in several areas of the country where he remains unpopular, and where incumbents are facing strong challengers.
The San Francisco Chronicle notes that Republicans are facing tough races in the San Joaquin Valley and in San Diego, where Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is facing a tough race for the first time in recent memory. Other seats in jeopardy include Illinois’ 10th district, where moderate Republican Bob Dold took his seat back in 2014 and has been running against Trump ever since to make sure he keeps it.
Democrats need 30 seats to retake the majority — and they may have half of that already..