The Democratic Party has put its money on retired Marine Colonel Doug Applegate to ouster Rep. Darrell Issa of California, whose presence in the House during the Obama administration caused misery.
Applegate's chances are strong in the affluent suburban district as the area is home to many Hispanics and young voters, who according to surveys are not favoring Trump, The Hill reported.
However, Issa cannot be written off. Non-partisan analysts say Issa still has a slightly edge over Applegate considering his experience in office stretches to 15 years.
Republicans also have an 8-point advantage over Democrats in voter registration in the district.
Victories of many congressional Republicans depend on Donald Trump. If the Republican presidential nominee runs out of steam on Election Day, it could have a domino effect on others.
The ideal situation for Democrats, as analyzed by Thad Kousser, a political scientist at the University of California-San Diego, would be if Republican voters did not show up on Election Day after being disappointed with Trump and independent voters choose their candidates.
Issa's race wasn't as challenging until June when Applegate inched closer by of 51 percent to 45 percent. This rang alarm bells in the Republican side.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is reserving $2.1 million worth of airtime to help Applegate, according to NBC News.
Picking on the video tapes of Trump bragging about groping and kissing women, Applegate and the DCCC released new ads this week. The spots highlight a campaign message that Issa and Trump are close allies and that neither candidate respects women.
In one of the 30-second ads, the audio of Trump's lewd comments about women is juxtaposed with images of Issa shaking hands and laughing with him.
Earlier, Issa's campaign unveiled a commercial related to Applegate's divorce, including a restraining order and order to turn in firearms.
"Donald Trump's toxic candidacy is poisoning every Republican down the ballot and that's especially true for one of his chief supporters and 'national security advisors' Congressman Darrell Issa," DCCC spokeswoman Barb Solish said.
"But this has been a long time coming. For 15 years, Issa demonstrated time and again that he always puts his political party before his country and the people he is supposed to serve."
Issa, who was a chief antagonist of the Obama administration until he was term-limited out as Oversight Committee chairman after the 2014 elections, strongly supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the GOP presidential primary.
However, from May this year, he went all out to support Trump. This move might have hampered Issa as internal polling results show Issa has been facing his toughest reelection yet.
The DCCC released a poll last week which revealed Applegate was 4 points ahead of Issa, 46 to 42 percent, while Clinton led Trump by 14 points.
Meanwhile, Issa's campaign projected an internal poll Tuesday finding the Republican was ahead of Applegate by 9 points.
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