Rep. John KlineJohn Paul KlineNCLB agreement would overhaul Uncle Sam's role in schooling Republican to Pentagon: Release disputed study on women in combat Republicans take aim at NLRB's 'joint employer' ruling MORE (R-Minn.), whose campaign was targeted by Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year Bill Maher, Trump adviser Jenna Ellis spar over election results Carville predicts Biden will quickly be declared winner: 'Not going to be close' MORE in the liberal comedian’s quest to “Flip a District,” is expected to easily win reelection on Tuesday.


The HBO “Real Time” host earlier this year introduced the segment, which aimed to boot a viewer-nominated lawmaker out of office.

Kline is facing Democrat Mike Obermueller on Tuesday, and political experts are predicting the six-term congressman will cruise to victory in his reelection bid.

Maher didn’t respond to ITK’s request for comment Tuesday, but told us earlier this year that the “Flip a District” scheme could backfire. “There’s the chance that we’ll help [the winner] because I’m not exactly a mainstream person,” he said in September, before Kline was announced as the focus of “Flip a District.”

“I could understand how somebody could use our help against the opponent, you know. ‘Look, you’ve got an atheist pot smoker on your side; of course you should vote for the other guy.’”

Shortly after the “Real Time” pick was announced, Kline reportedly wrote in an email to supporters, “As promised, Maher is turning his liberal guns on our districts and using his T.V. megaphone and million-dollar war chest to defeat me in November.”

Kline maintained a firm cash advantage in the race: he raised about $2.7 million throughout his campaign, compared to Obermueller’s roughly $883,000, according to Federal Election Commission records.

While Maher said at the time that the segment was “mostly a comedy bit,” he called it “serious,” saying, “I think we can flip the district.”

An interview with Maher published Monday in The New York Times described the controversial 58-year-old political comic as “not defining success strictly in terms of a win” by Kline’s opponent. Maher told Times reporter Bill Carter that he was unsure if he would take another crack at the “Flip a District” feature, saying, “If we can get it close, it would be tempting. But we’ve had fun with it.”

Kline spokesman Troy Young told the paper in an email that Maher’s attempt to flip a district “is fizzling.”

—Leeann Doerflein contributed