Michigan 8th CD 2018: Primary August 7

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Michigan 8th CD 2018: Primary August 7

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:34 pm

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If Democrats can win here, they're on the way to a wave

CLARKSTON, Mich. — At the Brioni Café, members of the weekly seniors' coffee klatch called "The Geezers" complained about spiraling health care and prescription drug costs. Two tables away, a garden club of Republican women were discussing health care as well, and President Donald Trump's record on women's issues.

The conversations are a prime example of why Democrat Elissa Slotkin believes she has a chance to oust this community's seemingly safe two-term House Republican incumbent, Rep. Mike Bishop, in the November midterm election — and forge a roadmap for her party's drive to regain the House majority this fall. ...

Yet she is a good example of why Democrats are optimistic. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, while not including the contest in its "toss-up" category, shifted Bishop's race to the more competitive "lean Republican" rating after Slotkin announced her candidacy. ...

For most of the last year, Slotkin has outraised Bishop and drawn high-profile endorsements, including from former Vice President Joe Biden. And at a time when the national Democratic Party faces criticism that it lacks a message other than being anti-Trump, Slotkin is laser-focused on kitchen table issues. ...

Further, Trump's national approval rating appears to be stabilizing, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has yet to committee any resources to Slotkin.

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Re: Michigan 8th CD 2018

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Post by NotaPerson » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:47 pm

Another article about Slotkin: http://michiganradio.org/post/keep-eye- ... l-district

I like her. And her chances. So I'm pulling out my credit card.


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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:16 pm

From NotaPerson's link:
And so Slotkin is running in Michigan’s eighth district, which stretches from Republican northern Oakland County to Democratic Lansing. Once a swing district, it was gerrymandered to make it safe for longtime GOP congressman Mike Rogers.

But he retired four years ago, and was replaced by Bishop, a former GOP majority leader in the senate. While the district is Republican, it is not impossibly so. President Obama won it, and Bishop has won twice against weak opponents in solidly Republican years. ...

In fact, she is deeply patriotic, and deeply troubled by an administration she thinks is ruining our position in the world. And her district is a few shades more Democratic than the one in Pennsylvania where Democrat Conor Lamb won that stunning special election last month.


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Re: Michigan 8th CD 2018: Primary August 7

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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:05 pm

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Michigan Eighth Congressional District: a former CIA officer strives to flip this toss-up district to blue

Who is the Republican? Rep. Mike Bishop, first elected in 2014. He also voted for Obamacare repeal, in spite of the Medicaid cuts for an expansion state, and the tax bill. He does technically face a primary challenger: Lokesh Kumar, running as an outsider against the establishment.

Who are the Democrats? Elissa Slotkin is another name on the DCCC’s Red to Blue list. She is a former CIA officer who worked on the White House National Security Council under Presidents Bush and Obama. She definitely has the look that Democrats like for these swing districts: a history of military and public service. Women are also cleaning up in Democratic primaries, as Vox has documented.

Her only competition is Chris Smith, a Michigan State University public policy professor, running on good government and Medicare-for-all.

What’s the story here? The Eighth is a toss-up, according to Cook, and the district is just R+4. Clinton lost to Trump by less than 7 points here in 2016. It covers an area near Lansing, the state capital, and its constituents are a little better-educated — all ingredients that could give Democrats an edge.


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