Lawmaker: Pence to play key role in 2018 elections
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A Georgia lawmaker believes Vice President Pence could play an influential role in the 2018 midterm elections, where Republicans aim to hold onto their majorities in both the House and Senate despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE's unpopularity. 

Pence “will be extremely involved in the ‘18 election season, and he’ll be an extremely effective participant," Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) told The Wall Street Journal

Republican strategists told the Journal that Pence could help the GOP campaign in states where Republican candidates face difficult primary challengers. Such candidates could use the aid of a top White House official who could hold effective campaign events for candidates who may prefer Pence to the more polarizing Trump. 

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Pence, who has begun raising campaign money for 2018 GOP candidates through his Great America political action committee, is a more experienced politician than the president. He served as Indiana governor before joining Trump's ticket. 

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Republicans are coasting on their recent success in passing sweeping tax-reform legislation, but face a tough electoral map in 2018. Democrats need only 24 more seats to gain a majority in the House, while a flipped Senate seat would bring the Republicans down to 50.