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Trump lends support to swing district Republicans

Trump lends support to swing district Republicans
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President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE on Friday lent his support to several Republicans running in swing House districts to aid the GOP’s efforts to retake ground in the lower chamber.

Trump announced endorsements for a number of Republicans in a late Friday night tweetstorm, backing at least six House candidates who are running in districts that are top GOP targets.

The candidates are mostly running in Pennsylvania and Iowa, two swing states that will be crucial to Trump’s own race this November. The president also endorsed Republican Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelOssoff defeats Perdue in Georgia Senate runoff McBath wins rematch against Handel in Georgia House race House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE, who lost a swing seat in the Atlanta suburbs in 2018 that she is running to retake this year.

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“We need @KarenHandel back in Congress to fight for the incredible people of Georgia! She is a tremendous advocate for our Military, Vets, Border Security and the Second Amendment. Karen has my Complete and Total Endorsement,” Trump tweeted Friday. 

In Iowa, Trump endorsed Ashely Hinson and David YoungDavid Edmund YoungFirst-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year Axne wins reelection in Iowa Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll MORE, who are running in Iowa’s 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts, respectively. The GOP ceded both seats in 2018 to Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerGOP hammers Democrats over Iowa Democrat's election challenge Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Iowa losses underscore Democrats' struggles with attracting rural voters MORE and Cindy AxneCindy AxneBusiness groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans House Democrats hit Republicans on mobile billboard at GOP retreat Republicans take victory lap after Iowa Democrat drops challenge MORE, whose districts are both top priorities for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).   

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The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates both seats as toss ups.

In Pennsylvania, Trump backed Lisa Scheller, Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program US Chamber enters hostile takeover by crony capitalists MORE and Sean Parnell in the state’s 7th, 10th and 17th Congressional Districts. Scheller and Parnell are running to unseat Democrats, while Perry is fighting for reelection in a seat that is expected to be hotly contested by Democrats.

Scheller’s race is rated “lean Democratic,” Perry’s race is rated a “toss up” and Parnell’s race is rated “likely Democratic.”

Republicans are still smarting from their loss of the House in 2018, when a blue wave in suburban districts across the country delivered the chamber for Democrats. While the GOP is not the favorite to win back the House this year, the party received promising news when Republican Mike Garcia won a Democratic-held California district in a special election earlier this month, the first time the GOP has flipped a seat in the state since 1998.

Democrats contend that the circumstances surrounding the special election, including low turnout, will not translate into November, and that they anticipate winning back the seat in the general election. 

Trump is known to relish the role of campaigner-in-chief, appearing often on the campaign trail in 2018 for Republicans in competitive congressional races. However, his campaign efforts both for himself and down-ballot contenders has largely been relegated to the digital realm in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.