All Eyes On Vulnerable House Democrats After Election Losses

FILE - Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., stops to talk with reporters after a House Democratic Caucus meeting with President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., on Capitol Hill, on Oct. 1, 2021, in Washington. A resounding loss in Virginia and barely pulling out a New Jersey victory have Democrats fretting a blowout in next year's midterm elections. "Is this '09 all over again? This is exactly what happened in '09 and it did portend a catastrophe in 2010," said Connolly. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(AP) — A resounding loss in Virginia and a too-close-for-comfort victory in New Jersey have Democrats fretting about a blowout in next year’s midterm elections.

The party’s House members in perennial swing districts are likely to be first line of defense against such an outcome. But staving off a potential Republican wave in districts that are only marginally Democratic to begin with won’t be easy.

Vulnerable House Democrats have for months promoted legislation they see as most appealing to swing voters. That includes a bipartisan public works bill and a massive spending plan backed by the party’s more progressive wing.


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