Republicans elected to the House on Tuesday must be a "reform class," according to a top GOP prospect.
"This freshman class has a special duty, I believe, to be true to the principles upon which we're running," Virginia Republican Scott Rigell, who's challenging Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.), told The Ballot Box. "It has a to be a reform class that pushes back against this culture in Congress that's hurting the American people."
Many observers believe the cohesion of the GOP will be tested after Tuesday's vote, which is expected to sweep centrist and conservative Republicans alike into power.
Rigell said he expected the current GOP House leadership to maintain party unity.
"I believe those Republican incumbents who will be returned to office — Congressman Cantor, Leader Boehner — I do believe that they share, as much as I do, the deep resolve to change the culture," he said. "That said, I think that the freshman class has a special responsibility to, in some ways, be the conscience of the people."
As expectations build for the GOP on Tuesday, there are some signs anything less than a rout of the Democrats will be a blow to the party. Rigell, for instance, was reticent about the prospect of running again if he lost.
"We’ve only approached this campaign one way — I am not running twice, I am all in," he said.