Pence to promote GOP candidates in Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska

Pence to promote GOP candidates in Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska
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Vice President Pence will travel to Iowa, Nebraska and Kentucky this week to promote the Trump administration’s policies and campaign for Republican candidates, his office announced Monday.

Pence will travel Tuesday to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to speak at an America First Policies event. He will tout the Republican tax-cut bill passed late last year in a district represented by Rep. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Anxiety grows in first tax season under Trump law Iowa New Members 2019 MORE (R).

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Pence will travel later Tuesday to Omaha, Neb., to take part in a campaign event for Gov. Pete Ricketts (R). Ricketts is up for reelection in 2018 and is facing a challenge from state Sen. Bob Krist, who left the Republican Party to mount an independent challenge.

Omaha is also home to Rep. Don Bacon (R), who is looking to hold his seat in a rematch of the 2016 campaign against former Rep. Brad AshfordJohn (Brad) Bradley AshfordWhite men now the minority in pool of House Democratic candidates: analysis Pelosi sees defections from an unusual quarter — the left Ex-Dem lawmaker: Russians hacked my email in 2016 MORE (D). Trump won the district by 2 points in 2016.

On Wednesday, Pence will travel to Versailles, Ky., to speak at another event focused on the Republican tax-cut bill. 

Rep. Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrKentucky radio host: Schumer recruit can't beat McConnell On The Money: Wells Fargo chief gets grilling | GOP, Pence discuss plan to defeat Dem emergency resolution | House chair sees '50-50' chance of passing Dem budget | Trump faces pressure over Boeing Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds MORE (R) represents Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Versailles. He won reelection by 23 points in 2016, but several Democrats are vying for the chance to challenge him in November.

Pence has acknowledged Republicans face a difficult slate in this year's midterm elections. The party in power typically loses seats in a midterm year, but Pence has vowed to defy the trend.